In an interview on the podcast the Dworkin Report on Wednesday, the actor said the president “signals people” where to direct their anger “and then the actions flow from there”.
Baldwin has won many fans and many enemies with his mocking impressions of Trump on the US show Saturday Night Live (SNL).
He reprised the role last week to recreate the president’s national emergency speech from Friday, saying: “Wall works, wall makes safe. You don’t have to be smart to understand that – in fact it’s even easier to understand if you’re not that smart.”
Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019
Then, hammering his point home, he tweeted: “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019
Speaking on Wednesday, Baldwin said: “People would say to me early on, do you have any concerns about retaliation, not necessarily from the government or from Trump, but from his agitators?
“I always said not really, I didn’t really think that was something that was real, until now, when he made this comment about retribution and he thought SNL should be investigated.
“Trump signals people, not necessarily what to do, but how to feel, and that’s the beginning. The beginning is you make people angry, the beginning is you make people agitated and bitter and then the actions flow from there.”
Earlier this week Baldwin had asked on Twitter if Trump’s words “constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?”, prompting a response from Donald Trump Jr.
He said: “Spare everyone your bullshit Alec.”
I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) February 18, 2019
The guy that punches people in the face over a parking spot, has aggressively harassed paparazzi, and humiliated his daughter berating her over the phone eye etc is worried about a tweet that doesn’t even mention him? Okay🙄— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 19, 2019
Spare everyone your bullshit Alec! https://t.co/l0E8GN9UKk
During the podcast on Wednesday, Baldwin spoke of the possible outcomes of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
He said: “Nobody has any idea, but in the way that people have this silly parlour game where they speculate as to what’s going to happen, Trump may not go down, he may not go to prison, he may not be impeached, but it sure looks like his son’s going to be indicted ... and unless he’s pardoned, he’ll go to prison and I guess he’ll have a lot of time to watch SNL then.”