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Alec Baldwin Blasts Trump's SNL Tweet as "Threat to My Safety and That of My Family"
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50183"><span class="small">Kevin Fitzpatrick, Vanity Fair</span></a>   
Monday, 18 February 2019 14:22

Fitzpatrick writes: "Trump's latest rage against Saturday Night Live crossed a line, according to impressionist Alec Baldwin."

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. (photo: NBC)
Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. (photo: NBC)


Alec Baldwin Blasts Trump's SNL Tweet as "Threat to My Safety and That of My Family"

By Kevin Fitzpatrick, Vanity Fair

18 February 19


Trump’s latest rage against Saturday Night Live crossed a line, according to impressionist Alec Baldwin.

here’s “Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC,” or so President Trump bellowed online Sunday morning, hours after the sketch-comedy mainstay took aim at the rambling rose garden presser declaring a national emergency. Nothing seemed particularly new in Alec Baldwin’s impression of the wall-desiring head of state, though Trump’s tirade against media mockery did add troubling hints at “retribution.”

“Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution,” Trump asked in a Sunday morning tweet. “Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!” Minutes later, Trump took on a familiar all-caps tone to lump in Saturday Night Live as an “enemy of the people.”

Trump using calls to action in proximity to labeling his critics “enemies” is sadly nothing new, though Baldwin subsequently outlined his concern with the president’s post-show rhetoric. “I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family,” Baldwin wrote Sunday night.

Baldwin has performed the impression since at least 2016, picking up the role from cast member Taran Killam and announcer Darrell Hammond. And while Trump has long-since bemoaned the impersonation as “boring and unfunny,” his Twitter responses generally veer closer to demand for legal recourse than hints of violence. “A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live,” Trump wrote in December 2018. “It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal?”

As The New York Times writer Peter Baker put it Sunday afternoon, “no other president in decades publicly threatened ‘retribution’ against a television network because it satirized him.” Neither Baldwin nor Saturday Night Live have indicated if they will address President Trump’s “threat” any further.

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+31 # WIlhelmscream2 2019-02-18 15:07
Yes, it's a threat! Made by Trump! Sue Trumps ass, TODAY!
 
 
+48 # johnescher 2019-02-18 17:44
Since when is Donald Trump a good judge of what is funny?

To quote the Brit writer Nate White:

"While Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever. I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman. But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

"Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness. There is never any under-layer of irony, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

"Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul."
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2019-02-21 20:06
Quoting johnescher 2019-02-18 17:44:
"Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults"

- art fails for me, when it too closely approaches reality - o wilde

baldwin may have to get clumsier in his satire?

maybe invent some redeeming character traits in dickhead?
 
 
+1 # kyzipster 2019-02-21 20:40
I certainly see their point but the humor of Trump, from the perspective of a MAGA hat wearing red state voter, is liberals taking the bait over and over again. Exposing just how fragile we are, while simultaneously determined to destroy any social impurity in society we can, burning people alive in the fire of Twitter.

They went after everyone's favorite lesbian just last week, Ellen. She was defending an African American man, Kevin Hart. Like maybe, just maybe we could consider forgiving someone for a homophobic Tweet made a decade ago. No!!! Destroy him and anyone who dares to come to his defense!!!!!

I'm starting to get a bit of a sense of humor myself.

I'd love to see Hillary tweet about how tiny Trump's di*k is or break some other social norm, maybe we can start laughing at ourselves more and win in 2020.
 
 
+25 # MikeAF48 2019-02-18 19:00
A family likes to sit down and watch good creative entertainment we enjoy Saturday Night Live these people are building there careers comedy takes you away from the daily hassle not unlike a game of golf a movie a card game and sports etc. To threaten a comedian from a man in your position is unheard of It doesn't bother me to reprimand you you're no different than the average human being a one on one conversation might help.
 
 
+31 # tr4302@gmail.com 2019-02-19 08:14
RSN for this piece! Satire and ridicule are amazing tools in this debacle
created by the guy who can`t see the forest for the tweets! Lock him up.
 
 
+36 # MD426 2019-02-19 08:49
Trump is dangerous on so many levels! His followers are equally dangerous, actually more so. We live in dangerous times.
I was recently discussing Trump with a professional person, Our conversation came to an abrupt end when another client entered the offices. In a soft voice i was told that the professional can't talk like that around most people because clients will be lost. It was as if we were living in 1930's Germany, afraid to speak out loud, afraid to be overheard.
 
 
+36 # barbell1941 2019-02-19 08:52
If what SNL and NBC do is illegal and “gets looked into”, Fox News will be out of business in a heartbeat since what it does almost hourly is so much worse.
 
 
+35 # DongiC 2019-02-19 08:54
Our bully president is trying to scare off his enemies. How? By threats and labels. Trump calls them "enemies of the people". He is being creepy once again. The White House has a new nickname,
Monster Alley.
 
 
+41 # Dale 2019-02-19 09:25
Trump is THE "enemy of the people." I am waiting impatiently for the Congress to do something.
 
 
+13 # wleming 2019-02-19 12:36
Baldwin is threatened by a Sociopath , whose criminal background is legendary- as is his hatred for other ethnic and political groups....and SNL "is not going to take it any further?" This is a seated President threatening and intimidating a network show...just as he has intimidated others in the Past...or are his Cohen comments and attempts at other intimidations being forgotten with a media so neutered that the amnesia plays into it?
 
 
+17 # randrjwr 2019-02-19 20:04
We had our chance during the campaign when Trump told a rally something like: "She's coming for your guns people--maybe there is a 2nd Amendment remedy, I don't know." Now, if that wasn't a clear invitation for someone to shoot HRC, what was it? A joke? I don't think so. He should have gone to jail then for saying that--you or I would have, if one of us had said it in public and through a loud public address system, WITH THE MEDIA LISTENING IN! (That's how I know he said it--I heard him on TV and on the radio.) Yet, if there was any complaint from the media or from law enforcement, I surely didn't hear about it. Certainly, he should have, at least, been expelled from the campaign, much like Howard Dean was after he uttered an excessively joyful "Whoop!" following a primary win. So, I doubt Trump will suffer any consequences for threatening Baldwin with "retribution."
 
 
+2 # Caliban 2019-02-21 01:40
"Maybe there is a 2nd Amendment remedy, I don't know."

Great memory, # randrjwr. I had forgotten this particular monstrosity but won't again.
 
 
0 # randrjwr 2019-02-22 20:58
Quoting Caliban:
"Maybe there is a 2nd Amendment remedy, I don't know."

Great memory, # randrjwr. I had forgotten this particular monstrosity but won't again.


Thank you. I am pleased to know that I tweaked somebody's memory bank. I can't understand why everybody didn't get enraged then and why so few remember it now.