Baldwin: I'll quit Trump skit for his tax return
Alec Baldwin has responded to Donald Trump’s criticism of his Saturday Night Live sketch by offering a truce in return for the President-elect’s tax returns.
This weekend’s episode of NBC’s comedy show opened once again with Baldwin and Kate McKinnon impersonating Mr Trump and his aide Kellyanne Conway.
In the sketch, titled Classroom Cold Open, Baldwin’s Mr Trump is seen repeatedly retweeting posts from a 16-year-old student against McKinnon’s advice.
“Seth seems so cool,” Baldwin’s President-elect says of the teenager.
“His Twitter bio says he wants to make America great again. It also says he loves the Anaheim Ducks.”
The skit mocks Mr Trump’s retweet of a real student named Seth, who criticised CNN for its coverage of the Mr Trump’s “voter fraud” claims.
The five-minute sketch also showed Baldwin’s President-elect retweeting random citizens during a national security briefing.
The real Mr Trump responded by tweeting after the show: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable!
“Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad”
Baldwin tweeted back: “Release your tax returns and I’ll stop. Ha.”
The former business tycoon was first challenged by his Republican rivals to release his tax returns during the election campaign.
The then Republican front runner promised to reveal his records, but never did.
It is the third time Donald Trump has publicly criticised Saturday Night Live and Baldwin’s impersonation.
In November, Mr Trump tweeted: “I watched parts of Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?”
That prompted an immediate response from Baldwin.
“Equal time? Election is over,” the actor replied. “There is no more equal time. Now you try to be President and people will respond. That’s pretty much it.”