- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Alec Baldwin claimed Wednesday that “black people go crazy” every time they see him ever since he impersonated President Trump on “Saturday Night Live.”

The actor told The Hollywood Reporter in a wide-ranging interview that black people find comfort in his lampooning of Mr. Trump because they’re afraid of their reality under a Trump presidency.

“I don’t know how to say this and I don’t want to get it wrong either, because everything is a minefield of bombs going off,” Mr. Baldwin proceeded with caution. “But ever since I played Trump, black people love me. They love me. Everywhere I go, black people go crazy.

“I think it’s because they’re most afraid of Trump,” he said. “I’m not going to paint every African-American person with the same brush, but a significant number of them are sitting there going, ‘This is going to be bad for black folks.’”

Mr. Baldwin suggested that his Emmy-winning role provided solace to a nation shaken by Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential win.

“All I wanted my Trump to be is mean-spirited and miserable, like Mr. Potter from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’” he said. “But then I’ll say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do it anymore,’ and people will go, ‘Don’t you dare give that up, we need you.’ Like I’ve gotten people through something in our nation’s history.”

Mr. Baldwin is using his star power ahead of the midterm elections to campaign for a number of Democratic challengers, including Liuba Grechen Shirley and Perry Gershon in Long Island, New York.

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