After America elected a reality TV star as the commander-in-chief, it needed something to relieve — or at least alleviate — some of the pain. Thus comedy and satire shows turned their focus on President Donald Trump and his chaotic administration, calling them out for all their claims and lies as it became the need of the hour.
While late night hosts did a really good job addressing the issue, it was Alec Baldwin’s impeccable Trump impersonation on “Saturday Night Live” that became so big the president himself acknowledged (read: trashed) the show.
Naturally, Trump didn’t appreciate the satire that depicted the sad reality of what he actually does to the nation. So he threw some shade at SNL and Baldwin.
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
But Baldwin isn’t one to back down.
...@realDonaldTrump— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 4, 2016
Release your tax returns and I'll stop.
But that did not happen, despite repeated promises during the campaign.
Trump probably sighed with relief after the show’s season finale. In fact, Baldwin himself was tired of the sketches because of Trump's petulance.
“The president overwhelmingly lacks any kind of sportsmanship; he remains bitter and angry, and you want to look at him and you want to go, ‘You won!’” the actor said.
Baldwin thought the president would have relaxed over time, but so far that hasn't happened.
“The maliciousness of this White House has people very worried,” Baldwin said, earlier in March. “Which is why I’m not going to do it much longer, by the way. The impersonation. I don’t know how much more people can take it.”
But the audience was not ready to lose on such a precious portrayal of their commander-in-chief. Thankfully, the comedian reverted his decision of putting away the blonde wig and orange bronzer, for at least one more season.
“Yeah, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” Baldwin told CNN in an interview, admitting he is doing the role out of pure passion.
“You get a little bit older and you think, ‘Do I want to work right now?’ For me the question is not what do I want to do, [it’s] do I want to do anything? Do I want to work? I don’t need to work,” he explained. “Do I want to work or do I want to just take it easy and smell the roses or do something else? When I decide I want to go to work I look at what’s out there and pick something that’s the best that’s available to me.”
Although Trump has not tweeted about Baldwin’s big announcement yet, it’s quite easy to imagine what his reaction will be.