On Friday morning, President Donald Trump lashed out at Alec Baldwin over his “Saturday Night Live” portrayal, writing a bizarre, typo-laden tweet that watching his performances was “agony” for audiences.
The president twice misspelled the actor’s name as “Alex” in the tweet, which was posted at 5:42 a.m., and insisted Baldwin revived his “dieing” career by playing Trump on the sketch comedy program.
“Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him,” the president wrote online. “Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!”
Trump soon after deleted that tweet and replaced it with one that corrected the typos and slightly changed the language.
Baldwin, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter previewing his forthcoming talk show on ABC, did indeed say portraying Trump has become “agony” and that he plans to dedicate himself to opposing the president in the upcoming elections. “If things don’t go in the right direction for the midterms. … I could go out on the street, stand on any corner and tap 10 people on the shoulder. And all 10 of them, in all likelihood, would be more qualified — ethically, morally, intellectually and spiritually — than Trump.”
On Friday, Baldwin tweeted his response to the erratic president.
Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 2, 2018