If you've been keeping tabs on Saturday Night Live over the past several months, you should already know that Alec Baldwin has taken on the time-honored tradition of the series lampooning election candidates. After Donald Trump won the 2016 election, Alec Baldwin has continued in the position, much to Donald Trump's chagrin. This week, after Donald Trump called for Alec Baldwin to stop his SNL impression, Alec Baldwin said he would, gladly. That is, if Donald Trump will reveal his tax records. Here's what he had to say:
The tweet came as a response to an earlier tweet that Donald Trump sent out, noting that he feels Saturday Night Live has been unfair with his portrayal. He also said that the whole thing has been biased and sad. In response, Alec Baldwin sent out his own response.
This isn't the first time that Donald Trump has tweeted out about Saturday Night Live. Formerly the upcoming 45th President called out Alec Baldwin for the portrayal, saying the actor's impression "stinks." What is a little surprising, however, is that Saturday Night Live was actually a platform that Donald Trump used to gain prominence earlier in the election cycle, appearing on the late night series as an actual host. The stunt brought in big ratings for NBC and definitely brought publicity for Trump.
The cold open sketch in question this week involved the NBC sketch comedy lampooning the fact that Donald Trump cannot manage to stop himself from posting comments online. You can give it a watch, below.
The Alec Baldwin impression has been a big deal for SNL and has led to an increase in the ratings for the long-running NBC series. It took Lorne Michaels a while to convince Alec Baldwin he was the perfect guy for the character, but now that the whole thing has gone over so well, I doubt some comments from Donald Trump are going to stop or silence it. In fact, it might just egg SNL on in the weeks to come.
Saturday Night Live has been increasingly political this season, but "Weekend Update" host Michael Che recently spoke out to explain that the series is doing its best to toe the line between jokes at the liberal viewer factions and jokes at the republican factions. In recent weeks, we've seen sketches about Donald Trump tweeting but also about liberals moving into the bubble. Whether the show always manages a balance is certainly worth a discussion, and we're interested to see if the show moves away from the super political stuff over the next few weeks and into the New Year. You can find out who is coming up on the late night sketch comedy series, here.