Alec Baldwin: SNL Wouldn’t Have Mocked Trump If There Was Indication He’s ‘Truly, Gravely Ill’


Alec Baldwin says that if there was any sense that President Donald Trump had been rendered seriously ill by the coronavirus, Saturday Night Live would have stayed  more than six feet away from any perceived mocking of the hospitalized POTUS.

The Season 46 premiere’s cold open, which flashed back to the first presidential debate between Trump (played by Baldwin) and challenger Joe Biden (played by Jim Carrey), mostly sidestepped the president’s since-disclosed positive diagnosis and subsequent hospitalization — though at one point, Baldwin’s Trump claimed that the “China virus is a hoax,” before noting, “that will probably come back to haunt me later this week.”

Said opening sketched also ended with Carrey’s Biden imagining out loud “if science and karma could somehow team up to send us all a message about how dangerous this virus can be. I’m not saying I want it to happen, but just imagine if it did.”

But when you couple even the above with the Weekend Update jokes about Trump’s health status, some had to opine, “Too soon.”

Baldwin addressed the backlash in a lengthy Instagram video, saying, “If there was ever the suggestion that Trump was truly, gravely ill [at the time S… (Read more)

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