Alec Baldwin’s over-the-top impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live has become the standard impression of the Commander in Chief, and the actor claims First Lady Melania Trump is a fan. Despite her husband’s insistence that Baldwin’s impression is bad, is it possible the FLOTUS secretly disagrees?
On a recent episode of WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, the 30 Rock star claimed that Mrs. Trump is a fan of him and SNL.
“Someone told me, who is friends with someone in the White House, or formerly in the White House, that Melania Trump loves ‘SNL’ and she loves my impersonation,” said Baldwin.
According to Page Six, he went on to say that the First Lady believes his impression of her husband is “right on the money.” The Huffington Post reports that Baldwin said Trump is horrified that his wife thinks it’s funny.
However, Stephanie Grisham, Mrs. Trump’s director of communications, wrote in an email to Newsweek that Alec Baldwin’s claims are false, which is why he doesn’t name names.
The President has not been quiet when it comes to his distaste for Saturday Night Live and Baldwin’s impersonation of him. He even tweeted in December 2016, that the show was unwatchable, biased, and not funny. Adding, Baldwin’s impression “can’t get any worse.”
This past September, the 59-year-old won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Trump on the long-running sketch comedy show. Per Vanity Fair, even though he is not a member of the show’s cast, he made so many appearances during the past year that he was disqualified from the guest-star category.
It was Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey’s idea to cast Baldwin in the role; and his Trump impression, plus Kate McKinnon’s take on Hillary Clinton, led Saturday Night Live to huge ratings during the election season and big wins at this year’s Emmys.
Even though he claims not to be a fan, Trump is often watching, and that adds drama to Alec Baldwin’s performances, which are often must-see TV.
There was also a rumor that the Trump sketches brought down some members of the current administration’s cabinet. If that is true, the comedy work on SNL is more important and influential than ever before.