Alec Baldwin is reportedly ready to pack it in as Saturday Night Live’s Donald Trump impersonator. But after former Gov. Mike Huckabee gloated about his rumored SNL departure — decrying it as “unfunny, vicious Trump-bashing” — Baldwin shot back that he’d stick to his Emmy-winning role just to keep “pissing off Trump.”
The actor also had a few choice words for the president and his press secretary, who happens to be Huckabee’s daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. After slamming Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and onetime Republican presidential hopeful, as “dreadful,” Baldwin called Sanders a “mouthpiece for fascism.”
“You have no charm, insight or intellect,” he added after Huckabee plugged his own show, Huckabee, on the Christian TBN network.
Who knows what the future holds?— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) June 10, 2019
I tell what it should hold. That you, who have sucked a govt paycheck out of the economy while you were a dreadful Lt gov and then gov and that daughter of yours, a mouthpiece for fascism, that you go away.
Just...go away. https://t.co/ipnR7jeRkW
And your show is dreadful. You have no charm, insight or intellect. https://t.co/ipnR7jeRkW— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) June 10, 2019
Baldwin, whose SNL skits have been criticized by Trump on Twitter, went on to address complaints about his performance. The 61-year-old argued that it was fine to not find the show amusing, but it was unfair to accuse him of disrespecting the presidency so long as Trump is in office.
“No one disrespects the presidency more than Trump himself,” he tweeted.
I honestly can see where people don’t find the SNL Trump schtick funny. That’s about taste. But to say it disrespects the presidency is beyond me.— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) June 10, 2019
No one disrespects the presidency more than Trump himself.
He then shared a CNN op-ed bemoaning his plans to move on from the Trump character as a victory for the 45th POTUS. Though his future at SNL remains uncertain, Baldwin joked “I’ll keep doing it!” just to annoy Trump.
Wait! Wait!— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) June 10, 2019
If pissing off Trump is the point, then I’ll keep doing it! I’ll keep doing it!!https://t.co/nghKFn9ogX
That’s bound to rile up a certain White House resident. Baldwin’s fans, however, are hoping that he has indeed changed his mind about SNL.
Pretty please. Take one for the team. We'll pay for the therapy once he's gone.— Sarah Rosenthal (@puppy_momma) June 10, 2019
Donald really doesn't like it when you act like he does.— Bawbagnu (@bobagnew11) June 10, 2019
Pleeeeeaaaase keep doing it. Getting under his skin is delicious, plus we enjoy the heck out of your performances!— Wear It Like A Diva (@murphykk2) June 10, 2019
Baldwin’s comments about Trump come two months after he suggested a possible presidential run.
“Beating Trump would be so easy,” he tweeted in April.
That same month, veteran newsman Sam Donaldson made headlines when he said Sarah Huckabee Sanders deserves a “lifetime achievement Oscar for lying.”
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