Alec Baldwin 'Lobbying' to Play Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

President Donald Trump may soon regret his decision not to attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner — especially if Saturday Night Live impersonator Alec Baldwin gets his way.

During an appearance on Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Baldwin hinted that he is angling to fill in for Trump at the annual press gala on Saturday, April 29.

“It’s interesting how there are people who — now that he’s not going to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — there are people lobbying to play Trump,” Baldwin said.

“You are not one of those people?” Kimmel asked, in response.

“Well, I wouldn’t say I’m not lobbying,” Baldwin replied, before suggesting that there are other Trump impersonators on the Internet who have also expressed interest.

“It should be whoever the president hates seeing do it the most, and that’s undoubtedly you,” Kimmel said, throwing his support behind Baldwin.

Trump took to Twitter on Feb. 25 to confirm that he would be skipping the big press shindig. The announcement came just one day after his administration banned several reputable news outlets — including The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN — from access to a White House press briefing, and after months of referring to various news media as “fake news.”

In recent years, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner has been hosted by The Nightly Show‘s Larry Wilmore (2016), Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong (2015), Community‘s Joel McHale (2014) and TBS funnyman Conan O’Brien (2013). As of now, there has been no host announced for this year’s affair, but at least one late-night comedian is out of the running: Full Frontal‘s Samantha Bee will host a rival event — called “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” — which is set to take place in Washington, D.C. on the same night as the actual Correspondents’ dinner.

Press PLAY on the video above to watch Baldwin and Kimmel’s Trump-centric chat, then tell us if you think having the frequent SNL impersonator host the WHCD is a good idea.

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  1. Eurydice says:

    Sure, why not blend the world of entertainment and journalism just little bit more.

  2. Jake says:

    Definitely, have Baldwin host it in character.

  3. larry says:

    C’mon Alec, go as a wife beater or an abuser of women which is what you are really all about. Just ask Kim or his daughter…………

    • thisismenow says:

      Judging someone on their past and saying that they can’t grow, means we have a sexual predator for president, and advocate for abortion, who was against Christianity. So think about that, and decide if people can change before you judge Mr. Baldwin.

  4. rjkitch13 says:

    Why would the president purposely go to an event where he is going to be mercilessly mocked? This Baldwin announcement doesn’t prove Trump wrong, it proves him right.

    • SAM says:

      I thought that there was a tradition of mocking the President, whoever he may be – am I incorrect?

      • thisismenow says:

        Obama used to take zingers at himself during the dinner. It was a laid back event that was elegant, relaxed, and fun. Trump views himself on the playing level of God. So there is no way he is going to let anyone mock him.

        • SG says:

          W literally had an impersonator at the event, side by side, mocking him. Trump just needs his safe spaces. His skin us too thin to be able to handle any humor at his expense.

      • rjkitch13 says:

        That’s probably true, but the hatred of Trump is so intense, it will be overly mean-spirited. There’s no way the president comes out looking good by attending.

        • MMD says:

          If Drumpf showed up and showed that he could take (what every other president has) being the butt of the joke, then he might actually earn a bit of respect from people. A bit of self deprecating humour from him would truly impress people. After all he can dish it out to anyone and everyone. Come on Donnie, put on your big boy pants and be a man.

    • Mary says:

      I don’t know, maybe be a man like the rest of Presidents have in the past. I guess this proves what we all know, this man is so insecure he cannot take any mocking negative or positive about himself. I think it says a lot when one can’t laugh about themselves.

      • rjkitch13 says:

        Mary, let’s remember something. He’s constantly mocked, ridiculed, and hated. I’m not even saying some of this isn’t deserved, but why set yourself up for this. Obama might have had to worry about being mildly chided, but I don’t think he ever had to worry about being viciously attacked at one of these things.

        • Rob says:

          goes with the territory. Shouldn’t run for president if you can’t take the jokes. Certainly Clinton, Bush and Obama took their licks at the dinner. In fact, Don Imus roasted Clinton until it was almost embarrassing to watch. Cl;inton’s response was that this is what the dinner is all about.

          • rjkitch13 says:

            Rob, you and others who are disputing against me know that you just want Trump there so that he can be embarrassed in front of the nation. Whether you agree or disagree with me, I think he’s making the right choice. There has been no president hated by the press as much as this one, whether he deserves it or not.

  5. Haz says:

    So this is considered television news? I guess since this is considered TV news I will ask what happened to Darrell Hammond? Baldwins impression of Trump is pretty much just an exaggerated impression of himself. Hammonds impression could at least make SNLs awful writing tolerable.