Alec Baldwin says playing Trump on SNL is 'agony'

Posted March 05, 2018

A day after Donald Trump threw a punch at Alec Baldwin on Twitter for his "dying mediocre career", the latter devoted a six-minute cold open on Saturday Night Live to lampoon the president on a very topical subject.

Joined by Cecily Strong playing Dianne Feinstein and Beck Bennett as Mike Pence, Baldwin's Trump rambled about taking guns away and his talks with students about gun violence.

"We have to take a hard look at our mental health, which I have so much of". I have one of the healthiest mental. "No guns for anyone, even whites".

And yes, the entire world is laughing at us, Baldwin's Trump said, just like the real Trump tweeted today.

SNL chose not to address Trump's Friday morning tweets complaining about the Emmy winner's "terrible" impression, which also suggested that the show should bring back previous portrayer Darrell Hammond.

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"I guess you could say that I am a living barometer of when Alec Baldwin is getting into trouble", Baldwin joked "I'm just used to it at this point".

Trump's initial lash out at Baldwin came from a Hollywood Reporter interview where Baldwin describes having to play Trump as "agony".

"The youth of America deserve to be safe and secure because folks, I can only run into so many schools and save everyone", Trump said.

Baldwin's comments apparently struck a nerve for Trump, whose administration is reeling from a string of setbacks this week, including the departure of one of his closest confidants, Hope Hicks. "You know things are bad when a 29-year-old with no experience who works directly for the president of the United States says 'I've got to get out of his dead-end job, '" Jost said. "You know, I hate seeing her go but I love watching her walk away".

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