President-elect Trump needs to stop acknowledging attacks from the likes of Alec Baldwin

President-elect Trump needs to stop acknowledging attacks from the likes of Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin as Trump (Image: YouTube screen grab via SNL)

Alec Baldwin is a living embodiment of everything that is wrong with the Hollywood liberal mindset. If this sounds like an exaggeration, allow me to remind you of Baldwin’s illustrious history as a thrower of public temper tantrums and hypocritew. In one well-documented case, the man who preaches equality and tolerance, tore into a pesky photographer on a street in Greenwich Village, calling the man a “c*cksucking f*g,” according to eyewitnesses. Baldwin denied the anti-gay slur but admitted to the multisllabic insult. Much better.

The incident cost him a show he was hosting on MSNBC and a reprimand from GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), which said in a statement “Mr. Baldwin can’t fight for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice.”

Mr. Baldwin can and will do whatever he wants, as long as he is given the air time and audience, and that includes his rather mean-spirited sendups of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

Caricatures of presidents predate television by nearly two centuries, as the image below reveals. In case the caption isn’t clear, it reads “Political Cartoon of the Year 1775.”

Image: Library of Congress
Image: Library of Congress

My point is not to compare the artistry of the creator of this work with the crude comic stylings of Alec Baldwin. Rather, it is to emphasize that satirizing the president has roots in antiquity. Trump should not only get used to that idea. He should stop reacting to it. Which is what he did this past Saturday, tweeting out:

To make matters worse, he tweeted his message, during the live airing of the show.

Baldwin, demonstrating his firm grasp on politics, tweeted back:

Surely, the man who will be the nation’s next president has better things to do with his leisure time than tune into a show that hasn’t been funny in decades and taking umbrage over something as meaningless as this. By reacting, he is only ensuring that the ridicule will continue.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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