'Everywhere I go, black people go crazy’: Alec Baldwin says African-Americans love him for playing Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’

NBCAlec Baldwin playing President Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live.’

  • Alec Baldwin said African-Americans like him more since he began playing President Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”
  • “Ever since I played Trump, black people love me,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy.”
  • Critics say the comment resembles something Trump himself would say.
  • Baldwin is seeking to become more prominent in politics himself, and is supporting several candidates in the midterm elections.

Alec Baldwin said that African-Americans like him more because of his parody of President Trump on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

“Ever since I played Trump, black people love me,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy.”

Baldwin insisted he didn’t want to generalize among all African-Americans, but said a lot of them are afraid of Trump.

“I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump,” he said. “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’s portrait of Trump on “Saturday Night Live” is hardly flattering, and he and the president have gotten into testy exchanges about his portrayal.

But critics of his comments say they sound like something out of Trump’s mouth.

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Baldwin is now seeking to become a more prominent political force, backing several Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

He’s supporting Perry Gershon, who’s running in a New York district where Baldwin keeps a second home, in the Hamptons. And he’s backing Liuba Grechen Shirley, who’s challenging the longtime incumbent representative Peter King, in an area of Long Island where Baldwin grew up.

It’s not clear how much Baldwin is supporting their campaigns financially, but The Hollywood Reporter published the results of a poll with Morning Consult this morning that shows only 25% of voters say they care about celebrity political opinions.

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