The man who gets paid a bunch of money to impersonate President-elect Donald Trump lamented to a Spanish-language magazine about how tough things are right now in his world after Hillary Clinton won the presidential election.
“I’m glad people find it funny … but at the same time, I think people were very worried about the election,” Baldwin told Spanish-language HOLA! magazine, according to PEOPLE.
“Both sides are very passionate so it’s been a very, very difficult time in this country. I haven’t felt like this in a long, long time. There are bad feelings on both sides, so to have the opportunity to give people a chance to talk and laugh about it is a good thing.”
Baldwin may be having a “very, very difficult time” due to the election, but he seems to be having fun getting under the skin of the president-elect. After this past Saturday’s episode, Trump took to Twitter, as he is want to do, and criticized Baldwin’s performance:
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
Baldwin’s response to Trump was very telling:
Release your tax returns and I'll stop.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 4, 2016
So let’s get this straight… Baldwin’s SNL attacks on Trump aren’t just about entertainment and they aren’t just for laughs, they’re really, exactly what Trump and his supporters think they are: personal attacks intend to achieve a political end.
Think about it. Baldwin’s promise to stop doing his impersonation of Trump in exchange for Trump releasing his tax returns, is a tacit admission that he’s looking to change the president-elect’s behavior or achieve some sort of policy shift by attacking Trump with his performance.
As bad as things might be for Baldwin after Hillary’s loss, at least he thinks highly enough of himself and his performance to believe he’s going to change American politics by putting on a wig and pretending to be someone else. And let’s take his thought process to its reasonable conclusion, shall we?
Isn’t Baldwin’s proposal to stop his impersonation in exchange for Trump’s tax release the same as saying “If you don’t do what I want, I’ll keep pretending to be you.”