In classically ironic and surreal move Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted his dissatisfaction with another Saturday Night Live skit featuring Amagansett’s Alec Baldwin impersonating him—this time making fun of Trump’s constant tweeting.
More plainly: The next president of the United States angrily tweeted about someone making fun of his tweeting.
The December 3 SNL cold open showed Baldwin as Trump, along with Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway, ridiculously retweeting Twitter posts—using actual examples by people such as a 16-year-old kid named Seth and a guy whose profile picture depicts a skull with guns going through it and the word “infidel” over it—during an important security briefing about Syria. Meanwhile, in an attempt to explain Trump’s absurd Twitter habit, McKinnon’s Conway notes, “He does it to distract the media from his business conflicts and all the very scary people in his cabinet.”
To this Baldwin’s Trump says, “I do it because my brain is bad.”
In response to the “Classroom Cold Open” skit, the real Trump tweeted that Saturday Night Live is “unwatchable,” then added, once again, that the show is “biased,” “not funny” and that Baldwin’s impression “can’t get any worse.” He capped of the tweet (embedded below), with the word “Sad.”
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
Just 15 minutes later, Baldwin responded by offering to stop doing his impersonation if Trump releases his tax returns—something Trump still hasn’t done, making him the only President-elect not to since before Richard Nixon (Gerald Ford, did not, but he was never the President-elect).
Release your tax returns and I’ll stop.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 4, 2016
Most likely responding to coverage about the exchange, Trump defended his Twitter use in another tweet on Monday: “If the press would cover me accurately & honorably, I would have far less reason to “tweet.” Sadly, I don’t know if that will ever happen!”
If the press would cover me accurately & honorably, I would have far less reason to “tweet.” Sadly, I don’t know if that will ever happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2016
It’s getting pretty weird around here.
Watch Baldwin’s latest turn as Trump on Saturday Night Live in the video below.