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Alec Baldwin: 'Ever since I played Trump, black people love me'

The Hill logo The Hill 10/10/2018 Emily Birnbaum

Alec Baldwin, who has attracted attention and awards for his impersonation of President Trump on "Saturday Night Live," said in an interview published Wednesday that "black people" love him for the impression.

The article in The Hollywood Reporter described Baldwin interacting with a fan on the street who told him, "Dude, you do that Donald Trump thing real good. Real good."

Afterward, Baldwin said the interaction was typical.

"I don't know how to say this, and I don't want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off, but ever since I played Trump, black people love me," he told the Repoter. "They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy."

"I think it's because they're most afraid of Trump," Baldwin added. "I'm not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, 'This is going to be bad for black folks.'"

Baldwin in the profile described his imitation of Trump as "mean-spirited and miserable," while acknowledging that it has been a hit.

Baldwin also shared his thoughts on the "Me Too" movement, which he claimed has seen some excesses. He described receiving a call from a former female co-worker who told him a reporter called her asking if Baldwin had "molested" her.

"I just remember thinking in that moment, 'Wow, they're looking for people,'" he said. "'This is a fire that needs fresh wood, and they're coming for me.'"

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The actor, who is currently working to launch a new talk show, "The Alec Baldwin Show," on ABC, is a staunch Democrat and Trump critic who has donated to multiple Democratic campaigns in recent months.

He told The Hollywood Reporter that he is not considering a run for political office because his "wife would divorce [him]."

Baldwin said that he will be backing Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections and plans to appear as Trump on a few episodes of this season of "SNL."


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