Donald Trump has been throwing fits about “SNL” and Alec Baldwin’s flawless impersonation of the president since the show began mocking his presidency, but the president may have just gone too far.
Over the weekend, the president watched in horror as Baldwin expertly acted out his devastating Friday morning speech about the border, the budget, and several other disorganized topics. This was no different than anything else SNL has done in the past regarding Trump, but the president is more sensitive than ever. On Sunday morning, the president had a meltdown about it, calling Saturday Night Live unfair. Trump tweeted:
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.”
And laughably, Trump followed that up with this:
This is the real Collusion!”
Trump’s priorities as POTUS will forever be mocked and used as a horror story about this time in history in America. But Baldwin is not taking the president’s comments lying down. While many have simply shrugged off Trump’s whiny tweet about “retribution” for SNL, Peter Baker of the New York Times noted that “no other president in decades publicly threatened ‘retribution’ against a television network because it satirized him.” Baldwin noticed this, too, and wondered if Trump’s tweet “constitutes a threat” to his family’s safety. Baldwin tweeted:
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?”
It was a perfect response to an unhinged attack, and it definitely drew attention to the possible consequences of Trump’s tweet, as the president has invoked violence against his opponents time and time again, his followers more than happy to oblige and protect their beloved POTUS. Trump’s ignorant, dangerous comments must be taken seriously, for he has caused more trouble than anyone with his carelessness and love for chaos.
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