Alec Baldwin Is Worried Trump’s ‘Retribution’ Tweet Over SNL Is a ‘Threat to My Safety’
Donald Trump was none too happy with Alec Baldwin‘s impersonation of him on the weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live, tweeting out harsh words about the NBC comedy show that Baldwin later worried might impact the safety of his family.
The president, 72, fired up his Twitter account on Sunday morning to slam SNL for its cold opening skit, which had recreated (sometimes word for word) the speech Trump had given on Friday, in which he declared a “national emergency” at the southern border.
“Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!” Trump tweeted. “Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows?”
“Very unfair and should be looked into,” he added. “This is the real Collusion!”
Trump, who spent years working with NBC as the host of The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice, has been critical of SNL in the past — making this latest clap back par for the course. But his words appeared to hit a different chord with Baldwin this time around.
“I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?” the father of five, 60, tweeted.
Reps for Baldwin and SNL had no comment. The White House did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
President Thomas Jefferson once labeled newspapers the “polluted vehicles” of falsehood and error, the Associated Press reported — even writing to a newspaper editor in 1807: “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”
Other presidents, from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton, have also used their time in the White House to bite back at the media, the AP reported.
But as the New York Times‘ White House correspondent Peter Baker wrote on Sunday, “No other president in decades publicly threatened ‘retribution’ against a television network because it satirized him.”
“I’ve interviewed 7 presidents and covered 4 full time over last couple decades,” he tweeted. “All complained about the press and at times lashed out. But none of them, Republican or Democrat, engaged in the kind of ‘enemy of the people’ rhetoric Trump routinely does.”
“Just because other presidents have at times been wrong in their treatment of the press doesn’t mean this is therefore normal and acceptable,” Barker added.
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Meanwhile, though Trump didn’t appreciate SNL‘s impersonation of him on Saturday, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer appeared to have a good sense of humor about how the show portrayed him.
The Senate Minority Leader, 68, tweeted a video to SNL‘s latest Weekend Update segment featuring a fake Schumer (played by Alex Moffat) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (played by Kate McKinnon) discussing Trump’s negotiation skills.
“Good impersonation, SNL,” Schumer tweeted, adding a photo of Moffatt holding up a smartphone. “But got one thing wrong: I use a flip phone!”