Stepping back for a moment to consider his Twitter feud with President Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin told Jimmy Fallon it’s a “surreal” experience to be grappling on social media with the current Commander-in-Chief. Still, he has a few questions over Trump’s apparent Twitter binges.
In a previous interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin had called his Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live impersonation of Trump to be “agony” — mainly because there’s no end in sight to something he expected to only perform a few times. So Trump attacked on social media by tweeting, “Alec, 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!”
“The interesting thing is nobody’s actually forced to watch,” Baldwin said on The Tonight Show. “I found that out. We don’t force anyone to watch. Trump forces people to listen to him, I guess we call them government employees.”
“Does he have alerts or does he sequester himself for just a period of tweeting?” Baldwin then asked Fallon. The actor imagined Trump sitting in front of the TV to watch Fox & Friends in the morning with a “triple order of bacon — he likes bacon, apparently he eats a lot of bacon — and he’s got his phone and he’s watching the news in his boxers and his bathrobe.”
“Or,” he added, “does he get alerts? Is he in the middle of a session with North Korean diplomats and their talking about nuclear weapons? He’s like, ‘Hold on a moment, please. [Tweeting] Alec Baldwin, loser!’”
Baldwin most recently appeared on SNL as Trump for Charles Barkley’s hosting stint. In an opening sketch, he declared that Wakanda, the fictional African nation from Marvel’s Black Panther, is “beating” the U.S. “Wakanda is laughing at us,” Baldwin said, channeling Trump. “They’ve got flying cars, people, in Wakanda.”
“I don’t need to tell you, it gets exhausting after a while,” Baldwin told Fallon.
As he explained, “He came to me, [SNL executive producer] Lorne [Michaels], and said do the Trump thing, and we thought we were gonna do it for three shows in the fall. There was no way he was gonna win. And then he won and I remember lying in bed and going, ‘Oh no.’”
Watch Baldwin on The Tonight Show in the clip above.
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