SNL fans suggest Alec Baldwin replace Donald Trump at White House Correspondents’ Dinner


Social media users have called on Alec Baldwin to replace Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner after the president announced he would not be attending the event.

President Trump has made it crystal clear that he’s no fan of Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of him on SNL, so when the man who has called the media “the enemy of the people” said that he would be skipping this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, some of his most ardent detractors came up with idea to troll the notoriously thin-skinned businessman-turned-politician by having the actor replace him at the event to deliver the keynote address.

Actor Zach Braff led the charge, tweeting at Baldwin that it was “time to suit up,” but the actor has been conspicuously mum about the request. He’s had some time off from playing Trump for two weeks as SNL has been on break following his hosting gig earlier this month where he portrayed the president in a People’s Court spoof to defend his travel ban, but he’s likely to be back when new episodes return later this week.

But Baldwin may have some competition, as fellow Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik, who has regularly appeared on such Comedy Central shows as @midnight with Chris Hardwick, has launched an online campaign to allow him to fill-in for the president at the dinner, even inviting Baldwin to join in on the fun. The idea led the hashtag #MakeAnthonyTrumpAgain to trend on Twitter after it was mentioned on @midnight.

Trump’s refusal to attend the WHCD on April 29 makes him the first president to skip the event since Ronald Reagan in 1981, who was recovering from an assassination attempt, though he still managed to deliver remarks by phone. The president has clearly made the media his main foe since becoming Commander-in-chief, recently barring several mainstream outlets from a press briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer as retaliation for their reporting on the administration’s alleged ties to Russia. But in an interview with Today on Monday, former President Bush seemed to side with the media in their battle with Trump, calling them “indispensable to democracy.”

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SNL returns this Saturday, March 4 at 11:30 p.m. with host Octavia Spencer and musical guest Father John Misty.