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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 02:27 PM

Alec Baldwin's 'SNL' departure is a win for Trump [View all]

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Two recent developments indicate that President Donald Trump might have won key battles in his long-fought war against comedy. The most recent example involves one of Trump's frequent targets, Alec Baldwin, who announced this week he's planning to hang up his orange wig and no longer play Trump on "Saturday Night Live." The Emmy-winning actor told USA Today, "I can't imagine I would do it again. I just can't."

Baldwin gave two reasons for leaving the show. One was spending more time with his family. But the other reason makes me wonder if Trump helped drive Baldwin from the role. Baldwin shared that "all these people were attacking me," saying things like, "Your impression sucks and you suck. Please go away." The actor apparently had enough, explaining, "I thought to myself: 'I really don't have a lot invested in my Trump impersonation, so please find someone and convince Lorne [Michaels] to replace me.' "

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