Despite fueling speculation earlier this year that he might be done impersonating Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” actor Alec Baldwin has returned for another season. I don’t watch that show — haven’t for years since it stopped being funny — but I learned this important tidbit from a Hollywood Reporter interview with Baldwin in which he also reveals that black people love him and fear the president:
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. They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy. I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump. 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.’
So black people love Baldwin? One has to wonder whether that includes New York Post writer and photographer G.N. Miller. In 2013, Miller, who is black, staked out Baldwin’s Manhattan apartment following news that his wife was being sued by a yoga student. Baldwin was none too pleased.
According to a police report filed by Miller, the notoriously hot-headed actor called him a “coon,” “a drug dealer,” a “crackhead,” and made disparaging remarks about his mother.
“He was saying some serious racist stuff,” Miller told the New York Post. “He could have said a lot of other stuff. But he used all of the stereotypes associated with black people.” Some of Baldwin’s racial tirade was captured in an audio recording.
As for black people under Trump, how bad do they have it under Trump? The black unemployment rate is its lowest in 45 years. Meantime, small business ownership among black Americans had jumped 400% since Trump’s election.
But one wouldn’t expect Alec Baldwin to know any of this. Like other members of the Hollywood fraternity, about the only thing Baldwin knows is what he reads in a script.