In his first tweet of the morning Friday, President Donald Trump took aim at actor Alec Baldwin, who recently complained about the “agony” of playing the president on “Saturday Night Live.”
"Every time I do it now, it's like agony. Agony. I can't," Baldwin, who has been portraying Trump on the sketch comedy show since 2016, told the Hollywood Reporter.
“Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him,” Trump tweeted. “Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!”
Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018
A half hour later, he deleted that and reposted it with the correct spelling of Baldwin’s name and the word “dying.” "Alex Baldwin" continued to trend on Twitter for hours afterward.
Baldwin fired back at Trump, clarifying that agonizing as it is, he wants to continue playing the character for "The Good Stuff" like impeachment hearings.
Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 2, 2018
The actor then went on to mock Trump's future presidential library and plug his upcoming film, "Motherless Brooklyn."
Rattling off the film's cast, including Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Baldwin added, "If this is mediocrity, give me more."
Looking forward to the Trump Presidential Library.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 2, 2018
A putting green.
Recipes for chocolate cake.
A live Twitter feed for visitors to post on.
A little black book w the phone numbers of porn stars.
You’re in and out in five minutes.
Trump has been critical of Baldwin’s performance since October 2016, when the actor played him in sketches about the presidential debates.
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
“Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!” Trump, who hosted “SNL” in 2015, wrote at the time.