I was actually happy when Saturday Night Live cast Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump at the beginning of the current season. While I have issues with Baldwin as a person, the truth is that I love him as an actor, and he’s one of America’s great impressionists. His Trump was dead-on, a total buffoon. There were a few problems though. One, Baldwin’s buffoonish impression was actually funny, and therefore somewhat likeable, which was bad news. And the biggest problem is that Baldwin only agreed to do it because everyone expected Trump to shuffle off after losing the election. Now, USA Today reports, it’s unlikely that Baldwin will stick around and continue playing Trump. So what’s the answer? Perhaps going with one of their full-time cast members, or bringing back Darrell Hammond, or something else. Who knows?
Meanwhile, Baldwin – a longtime liberal/progressive Democrat – tweeted a lot yesterday in the wake of Trump’s victory. There are so many tweets that I’m not going to embed them all. Here’s what he wrote (in order):
I was taught in college that Americans choose their President like they choose laundry soap, w a knee-jerk brand loyalty devoid of reason
One thing that is changed forever in this country is the meaning of the word “Christian” as it applies to politics.
After this, I think an important thing 4 all of us 2 do is support better media. So turn off CNN and MSNBC. Or, at least, don’t rely on them
1 thing that is changed forever in this country is the meaning of the word “Christian” as it applies to politics.
Theme for 2020: MAKE THE WHITE HOUSE GREAT AGAIN
The billionaire Republican businessman is close to winning the race and world markets are crashing. He’s all yours, America. He’s all yours
I think the thing to focus on now is our families. To love those that were put in our lives to care for. Also our respective health, work and faith. The American political system is broken. Walk away from it for a while. As Coriolanus says, “There is a world elsewhere.”
Italy survived Berlusconi. The again, Berlusconi was Adlai Stevenson compared to this.
Hate is a great motivator
I think his best point is about “the meaning of the word ‘Christian’ as it applies to politics.” Baldwin is a hardcore Catholic, and he’s a huge supporter of Catholic causes and charities. And like many Northern Catholics, he’s more liberal/progressive. That’s Christianity to him – helping the poor, looking out for your neighbors, peace, love, and charity. The way the Evangelicals lined up behind a thrice-married, admitted sexual assailant and hate-monger is fundamentally disturbing. And from here on out, the right-wing Evangelicals don’t get to get high-and-mighty about anything else ever again, not after they supported Donald Trump.
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