President Trump is not a fan of Alec Baldwin’s “Saturday Night Live” impression of him. It is known. But in a recent interview, Baldwin claims there is someone in the White House tuning in for his pouty-mouthed Trump on Saturday nights. That would be one Melania Trump.
“Someone told me — who’s friends with someone in the White House, or formerly in the White House — that Melania Trump loves ‘SNL’ and she loves my impersonation,” Baldwin announced somewhat cryptically Monday on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”
The actor’s portrayal of the president may have earned him an Emmy, but Trump’s disdain for Baldwin’s version of him is official record.
“Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks!” Trump tweeted in October 2016 in response to the comedy show’s skit about the second presidential debate. Two months later, a newly elected President Trump had more to say about his allegedly unfunny doppelganger. Taking another another hit at SNL in December, Trump ruled the show “unwatchable” and tweeted Baldwin’s impression couldn’t “get any worse.”
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
So why would POTUS’s better half enjoy watching a show that pokes fun at her husband?
According to Baldwin, because it’s realistic. The actor claimed that Mrs. Trump said of his version of Trump, “That’s exactly what he’s like!”
But the East Wing was quick to deny Baldwin’s story. Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s press secretary, emailed Newsweek on Monday: “That is not true, which is why Mr. Baldwin has no actual names to go with his bizarre assertion.”