Baldwin indicates that he just might be open to filling in for Trump this year.
The New York Daily News reports that “Baldwin isn’t saying yes to playing Trump” at the dinner, “but he isn’t saying no yet either.”
Baldwin told Kimmel Wednesday night that he’s aware of the call by many for him to fill in for Trump at the dinner and wouldn’t rule it out.
“I wouldn’t say I’m not lobbying,” Baldwin said.
Kimmel responded that: “It should be whoever the President hates seeing do it the most and that’s undoubtedly you.”
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Trump took to his Twitter account last Saturday to announce that he will not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” he wrote.
I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
Twitter users were quick to respond to the announcement with several individuals calling on Alec Baldwin, who has been spoofing Trump for months on SNL, to replace him at the event; and based on recent interviews, it seems possible – if not likely – that Baldwin might accept the challenge.
Last month Baldwin told ABC News that he was looking for other venues than Saturday Night Live to perform his Trump impressions.
“I’m gonna do [SNL] as much as I can,” he told ABC, adding: “and there’s discussions about other venues we might pursue to further express our gratitude and admiration for the Trump administration.”
Business Insider reports that Baldwin “says he will continue to play Trump on the late-night comedy show while also looking for other opportunities to spoof the incoming Republican president.”
According to Business Insider, “Baldwin says he is ‘not really influencing anybody’s political opinions.’ But he says playing Trump is ‘one of the most fun things’ he’s ever done.”
As NBC News reports, the WH Correspondents Dinner “is typically hosted by a noted comedian who roasts the president and members of the media, and then lets the commander in chief crack his own jokes,” so it does not seem to be too much of a stretch to think that they might be contacting Baldwin soon – that is, if they haven’t already. [keeping fingers crossed.]
Back to Twitter, several celebrities had joined in the chorus of individuals calling for Baldwin to replace Trump. We have included a few samples below.
Scrubs actor Zach Braff tweeted to Baldwin: “time to suit up.”
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 25, 2017
Filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted: “Dear White House Correspondents Association: Please ask Alec Baldwin to stand in for Donald Trump at your annual dinner. Thank you.”
Dear White House Correspondents Association: Please ask Alec Baldwin to stand in for Donald Trump at your annual dinner. Thank you.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 26, 2017
Songwriter Diane Warren tweeted: “
Oh pleeeeeez Alec Baldwin go as trump at Correspondents Dinner!!!!
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) February 25, 2017
CNN host Brian joined in, tweeting an email from a viewer asking “PLEASE, please, have Alec Baldwin invited to the White House Correspondents dinner since Trump is not going…”
Email from a viewer: "PLEASE, please, have Alec Baldwin invited to the White House Correspondents dinner since Trump is not going…"
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 25, 2017
Huffington Post columnist Seth Abramson tweeted: “Retweet if you want Alec Baldwin to fill in for Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 29th.”
Retweet if you want Alec Baldwin to fill in for Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29th. pic.twitter.com/Lybv3PhixH
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) February 26, 2017