The political decorum of America may very well be in tatters these days, as the 2020 election continues to weigh on us like a heavy, suffocating blanket of anxiety.
There is now less than a month standing in between us and polling day, and campaigns around the nation are beginning to gather their torches and pitchforks for the final push to vilify their opponents. As such, federal authorities are growing concerned that there could be mass civil unrest on election day itself, with the FBI and Department of Justice both quietly working up plans to combat such conflict.
To make matters all the more dire, President Trump has been hospitalized after contracting the deadly coronavirus, for which he was briefly hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
When long-running variety show Saturday Night Live took to the airwaves again over the weekend, they didn’t hesitate to poke fun at the President’s health, drawing the ire of many of his supporters. The actor responsible for the controversy is now defending himself from criticism surrounding the skit in question.
Alec Baldwin has defended his mockery of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, after some condemned the programme for joking about the president so soon after his coronavirus diagnosis.
The season 46 premiere of SNL, which aired on Saturday 3 October, saw Baldwin reprise his role as the politician. Producers took the decision not to do a skit about Trump being diagnosed with and subsequently hospitalised for coronavirus, and instead parodied his recent messy debate against Joe Biden (played by Jim Carrey).
The sequence has already garnered over nine million views on YouTube, and it does briefly touch on Trump contracting Covid-19, with Baldwin quipping: “The China Virus has been very mean to me by being a hoax, and that statement will not come back to haunt me later this week.”
Here’s how Baldwin assessed it:
In a lengthy Instagram video, Baldwin explained: “If there was ever the suggestion that Trump was truly, gravely ill, and people said, ‘Trump is really in trouble,’ then I would bet you everything I have that we wouldn’t even get near that, in terms of content of the show. They would have done something else. I’ve seen that happen before.”
Before SNL aired, Trump had released a video declaring that he was “starting to feel good” and that he thinks he will “be back soon”.
“We only have the words of the White House itself and the people who work there themselves to go on, and all of them have all been saying he isn’t in any danger,” added Baldwin. “We only have their word to go by. And if their word was that he was in serious trouble, then we probably wouldn’t have done it.
Baldwin has been a frequent critic of the President in the past, using Twitter to profanely lambast Trump in several occasions.
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