Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday night to blast the “unwatchable” Saturday Night Live and Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of the president-elect. Baldwin has made occasional appearances on SNL before and after the election as a tweet sending, incompetent, purse-lipped Donald Trump character.
Baldwin’s most recent depiction of Trump combined an entire week’s worth of Trump news into one five minute clip. Baldwin’s Trump was desperately concerned with retweeting supporters, avoiding security briefings, inappropriately calling world leaders, and alluding to the now famous Trump and Mitt Romney dinner photo, asking “Can we at least have a picture of us together where he looks like a little b-tch?”
The real Trump actually did go on a retweeting marathon earlier in the week when the president-elect launched a Twitter war against CNN correspondent Jeff Zeleny. According to Politico, Trump’s attack on Zeleny began when the CNN correspondent spoke out against Trump’s unfounded claims of mass voter fraud.
In response to vote recount efforts initiated by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, Trump claimed that he would have “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” States where the vote recount is happening, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, have denied Trump’s accusations of mass voter fraud and the president-elect’s claims have largely been debunked.
However, Trump’s exchange with Zeleny inspired Baldwin’s Trump character to go on a tweet storm of his own. During Trump’s exchange with Zeleny on Twitter, the president-elect retweeted numerous statements of support including a tweet from a 16-year-old high school student.
During the SNL skit and Baldwin’s fake tweet storm, Kate Mckinnon, as Kellyanne Conway, looks at the camera and says, “He really did do this,” of the real president-elect. Citing Trump’s Twitter trigger finger, the SNL skit continued to guess what Trump’s motivations were for his tweet tirades. During the bit, performer Kenan Thompson said to Baldwin’s Trump, “Mr. Trump, please stop retweeting all these random, real people. You’re not getting any work done.”
Mckinnon, as Conway, responded, “There is a reason actually that Donald tweets so much. He does it to distract the media from his business conflicts and all the very scary people in his cabinet.” Although Mckinnon’s argument seemed convincing, Baldwin’s Trump interjected, “Actually, that’s not why I do it. I do it because my brain is bad.”
Almost immediately after the SNL episode aired, Trump took to his favorite social media platform to tweet, “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.”
NBC News reported that, in response, Baldwin tweeted Trump’s criticism from both of his verified Twitter accounts. Baldwin called for Trump to “release his tax returns,” echoing a sentiment that critics have been firing at Trump since the real-estate mogul entered the presidential race in 2015.
...@realDonaldTrump— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 4, 2016
Release your tax returns and I'll stop.
Saturday’s SNL episode isn’t the first time Baldwin has poked fun at Trump, but this isn’t the first time Trump has blasted the sketch comedy show either. In November, after another Baldwin impersonation, Trump tweeted that SNL was “totally biased” and had “nothing funny at all.” Baldwin responded to Trump’s criticism by tweeting at the president-elect, “You know what I would do if I were Prez? I’d be focused on how to improve the lives of AS MANY AMERICANS AS POSSIBLE,” and “I’d be focused on improving our reputation abroad, including actually fighting for freedom and not just oil.”
Trump’s latest attack on SNL and Baldwin is the third time he’s lashed out at the sketch comedy show. Trump often turns to Twitter to espouse personal insults. The last time the president-elect targeted Baldwin and SNL he also went after the cast of the Broadway play Hamilton after vice president-elect Mike Pence was booed at a New York performance.
Although Trump is from New York and will continue to live part-time in Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan, the president-elect doesn’t appear to harbor any love for SNL or Alec Baldwin, also a native New Yorker.
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