- Alec Baldwin said African-Americans like him more since he began playing President Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”
- “Ever since I played Trump, black people love me,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy.”
- Critics say the comment resembles something Trump himself would say.
- Baldwin is seeking to become more prominent in politics himself, and is supporting several candidates in the midterm elections.
Alec Baldwin said that African-Americans like him more because of his parody of President Trump on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
“Ever since I played Trump, black people love me,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy.”
Baldwin insisted he didn’t want to generalize among all African-Americans, but said a lot of them are afraid of Trump.
“I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump,” he said. “I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.'”
Baldwin’s portrait of Trump on “Saturday Night Live” is hardly flattering, and he and the president have gotten into testy exchanges about his portrayal.
But critics of his comments say they sound like something out of Trump’s mouth.
This is literally indistinguishable from something trump would say
— nuanced opinion guy (@charles_kinbote) October 10, 2018
this sounds like something…trump would brag about https://t.co/0uLCK2Cznz
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) October 10, 2018
MORE PROOF ALEC BALDWIN IS TRUMP THEY ARE THE SAME https://t.co/84bzpYo8Mq
— Yael (@yaeltime) October 10, 2018
wow, this is remarkable method acting https://t.co/wb2RNT7jHz
— Aric Jenkins (@aricwithan_a) October 10, 2018
here is alec baldwin's most accurate impression of trump… when he wasn't even playing him https://t.co/kWtZr4pUXe
— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) October 10, 2018
Baldwin is now seeking to become a more prominent political force, backing several Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.
He’s supporting Perry Gershon, who’s running in a New York district where Baldwin keeps a second home, in the Hamptons. And he’s backing Liuba Grechen Shirley, who’s challenging the longtime incumbent representative Peter King, in an area of Long Island where Baldwin grew up.
It’s not clear how much Baldwin is supporting their campaigns financially, but The Hollywood Reporter published the results of a poll with Morning Consult this morning that shows only 25% of voters say they care about celebrity political opinions.