The White House Correspondents’ Association said it would go forward with its annual dinner without President Donald Trump in attendance, a break with tradition for the event. But it looks like the orgagnization could get the next best thing.
Alec Baldwin, who has been celebrated for his Trump impersonation on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” appeared on Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and hinted he wouldn’t be opposed to standing in for the president.
Earlier this week, Trump said on Twitter that he won’t be attending the April 29 event, which raises money for college-journalism scholarships. That decision followed several news organisations announcing that they wouldn’t attend in protest of the Trump administration’s treatment of the press.
“It’s interesting. There are people who, now that he’s not going to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, there are people who are lobbying to play Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” Baldwin said.
“You are not one of those people?” Kimmel asked.
“Well, I wouldn’t say I’m not lobbying,” Baldwin said. “People would say, ‘Would you do it?’ And there’s a couple of guys on the internet who say, ‘No, please. I’m the only many who should play Trump.’ And there’s a lot of Trump competition sucked into this.”
After Kimmel told Baldwin that he really has no competition when it comes to impersonating Trump, Baldwin answered, “Well, tell these guys. They say I suck. I can’t say bad words, because I gave it up for Lent. F— them!”
“It should be the one the president hates seeing do it the most,” Kimmel said. “And that’s undoubtedly you.”
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