November 7, 2017

"Someone told me, who’s friends with someone in the White House or formerly in the White House, that Melania Trump loves SNL and she loves my impersonation."

Said Alec Baldwin.
According to this unnamed source inside the White House (or formerly in the White House), the First Lady loves the bombastic impression because of it’s accuracy, as Melania allegedly said “that’s exactly what he’s like.” The actor added, “Trump is horrified and beside himself that his wife actually thinks it’s funny.”
How much of that do you believe?
 
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82 comments:

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Just my wild guess but she doesn't seem like much of a comedy kinda gal. Has anyone ever seen her laugh?

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

That's not a criticism ~ she just seems to have a very dignified and reserved personality.

rehajm said...

So play the Kevin Bacon game: Alec Baldwin knows Lorne Michaels who knows Barack Obama. Doesn't make the statement true...

Earnest Prole said...

I'm not saying Melania is a gold digger, but . . .

Curious George said...

Looks like Baldwin cashed in some favors to change the headline from "Baldwin Weinstein" to "Baldwin Trump."

WisRich said...

I've caught some of impersonation. It's terrible. Done with hate, not humor.

Ken B said...

Yes Prole. As a top model she faced starvation unless she could bag a man. Insert eye roll emoticon here.

Etienne said...
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Achilles said...

Earnest Prole said...
I'm not saying Melania is a gold digger, but . . .

What is it about Trump that turns people into douchebags?

exiledonmainstreet said...

Yeah, I'm sure Alec Baldwin has lots of sources in the Trump WH. Baldwin is such a sterling character, how can you not believe him?

Roy Jacobsen said...

Preface: Yeah, I'm carping needlessly.

The question doesn't give enough options. What about:
I don't believe anybody told Baldwin this.
I believe that someone told Baldwin this, but I think they made it up.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

Baldwin is a horrible person. He is a child abuser, misogynist and homophobe. Why he is allowed in polite company I will never know (actually I do know because he has liberal privilege).

Ann Althouse said...

"I don't believe anybody told Baldwin this. I believe that someone told Baldwin this, but I think they made it up."

I agree that's a valid fine point, but use the first option if that is really what you think.

Rob said...

A story this well sourced belongs in The New York Times.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

How about an option for:

That is so unbelievable that the disbelief cannot be relegated to those few statements, and I'm now forced to disbelieve several additional statements that are objectively true.

Earnest Prole said...

What is it about Trump that turns people into douchebags?

I'm simply quoting Trump's good friend Kanye.

tcrosse said...

This assumes that Melania plays Eva Gabor to Trump's Eddy Arnold on Green Acres.

mccullough said...

Baldwin's impression is good. The guy who parodied Bill Clinton in the 90s was also good. I believe Trump's wife thinks it's funny whether she told anyone or not. His kids probably dig it, too.

Quaestor said...

The name Alec Baldwin ought never appear on the same page as the word culture.

Drago said...

"I'm simply quoting Trump's good friend Kanye"

Ah yes, the old Andrew Sullivan "I'm just asking questions" tactic.

Dave in Tucson said...

A story lefties will love and will absolutely take at face value? Check.

Two anonymous and uncheckable intermediaries between Baldwin and Melania? Check.

Other than that, this story sounds totally legit.

robother said...

I love your third choice. Not only do I think that is closest to truth, but it seems most human, the way real husbands and wives with some intelligence and humor interact.

rehajm said...

What is it about Trump that turns people into douchebags?

People were already douchebags. Trump helps them express it.

rehajm said...

It's a public service, really.

Gahrie said...

What is it about Trump that turns people into douchebags?

It's not Trump..they'd be reacting this way no matter what Republican was president.

exhelodrvr1 said...

He is trying to shift focus away from his support for Polanski and Weinstein and criticism of the women who are making the harassment/rape statements.

Rae said...

It would horrify Baldwin to know that Trump does an excellent "Baldwin doing Trump" impression.

Fernananindiananaide said...


According to this Keebler Elf inside the White House (or formerly in the White House), the First Lady loves Keebler Cookies because the Elves baked their cookies the old-fashioned elfin way, in magic ovens in the Hollow Tree® (aka the Fac-Tree). Filled with scrumptious smells and alive with the industry of baking, the tree is the very hub of elfin activity.

No one knows exactly how long the Elves have been baking (they are, after all, ageless). One thing we do know is that they have always remained true to their creed:

"We pledge to pursue our goal of baking cookies, crackers and snacks that are, by whatever measure one chooses to apply, Uncommonly Good®."

tcrosse said...

H.V.Kaltenborn did an imitation of Truman imitating H.V.Kaltenborn.

Anonymous said...

Alec Baldwin did a skit over the weekend of Donald Trump sitting on the toilet. Funny as shit, eh? I am sure Melania loves that skit the best of all.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/unhinged-alec-baldwin-plays-trump-sitting-toilet-latest-sick-stunt/

Drago said...

"It's not Trump..they'd be reacting this way no matter what Republican was president"

Correct. In the end, the lefties and their LLR allies will always dial it up to "11" on any republican.

Just look at LLR Chucks heroes (Kristol/McMuffin) and the VA Gov race where all of sudden Ed Gillespie is SURPRISE!!, literally Hitler.

Wow.

Did not see that coming...

Lyssa said...

I picked number 3. People who really hate him think that Trump has no sense of humor about himself. I've been watching him for years, and I don't find that to be even a little bit true.

Assrat said...

I'd vote for "Baldwin likes to imagine his work has significance."

traditionalguy said...

To anyone who knows Melania, that is Total fiction told by a filthy mind
with serious anger management issues and a terminal case of envy. In other words, it's the usual Hollywood gossip.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Marked total B.S. on two counts.
1. Source is Alec Baldwin
2. Slovenly writing ("who's") suggests inexact thinking.

Earnest Prole said...

It's not Trump..they'd be reacting this way no matter what Republican was president.

Trump is a Republican? He better let Congress know that before it gets too late.

traditionalguy said...

Sounds like HRH spent more of her stolen money on Russian Dossier talent.

Gahrie said...

Trump is a Republican? He better let Congress know that before it gets too late.

As much as Sanders is a Democrat. He ran and was elected as a Republican. There will be an R after his name in the history book.

And as for Congress, so far Trump has been a much better republican than the Republicans in Congress. Which is how we got trump in the first place.

Drago said...

Earnest: "Trump is a Republican? He better let Congress know that before it gets too late."

I read that Trump was a republican from the sign over the candidates during the debates as well as the little indicator on the Ballot beside Trumps name.

But then, not everyone is a reader.

Amadeus 48 said...

Alec is trolling Trump. His quote reads exactly like one of Trump’s “somebody told me” quotes. Good joke.

Bay Area Guy said...

Someone in Hollywood told me in confidence that Alec Baldwin is a really good actor. Really good. I'm serious. I swear they did!

dustbunny said...

I don't think she's that stupid. More like the game of telephone, where she might have said something to someone and it got misinterpreted down the line.

Yancey Ward said...

I think it No.1, though No.3 would be my conditional vote if Melania really did like the impersonation.

Bay Area Guy said...

Someone told me the other day that Bay Area Guy was a brilliant, insightful, inquisitive, and witty commentator.

-- Bay Area Guy's Mother.

Shawn Levasseur said...

Amadeus 48,

Agreed. I was just about to make the same point, as it sounded like a Trump-like boast.

Gk1 said...

I skimmed through last weeks SNL and was noticing how joyless it was. The obligatory cold open with some trump skit than blends in with all the others. Thanks god Hulu lets you fast forward through crap (except commercials) No wonder they are projecting that trump will quit because its exactly what they are feeling. They want to quit but their masters demand more trump ridicule. On the double. HUP HUP HUP Dance monkeys DANCE! But even now their feet are getting sore and their mind is wandering. How long can they keep this up?

brylun said...

Curious George at 11:18am wins the thread!

Susan said...

The most unbelievable part was "Melania loves SNL."

Yeah,right.

exiledonmainstreet said...

Baldwin, of course, is trying to play up the notion that Melania secretly hates Trump and is "trapped" and unhappy. That's the narrative for leftists who kinda want to like Melania. The only way they can do so is by pretending she's a hapless victim - because the left just loves them some hapless victims.

Others on the left have no problem at all hating Melania. They hope she gets raped, mock her accent, call her stupid, etc.

Michael K said...

The only part that Baldwin played that looked believable was when he was fucking Melanie Griffith's best friend in "Working Girl."

jaed said...

- I found myself wanting an option for "Either of these things is possible, but having Alec Baldwin say that some nameless person in the White House told him that makes me no more likely to believe it than if I'd just dreamed it up myself."
(In the absence of such an option, I chose 1.)

- This story cries out for the use of Iowahawk's Substitution: whenever you see "anonymous source", mentally substitute "mysterious gypsy woman". For example:
     "A mysterious gypsy woman familiar with Comey's thinking says..."
     "Three highly-placed mysterious gypsy women in the State Department..."
     "According to a mysterious gypsy woman inside the White House..."

Big Mike said...

What is it about Trump that turns people into douchebags?

@Achilles, most of the Trump haters always were douche bags. The Trump effect is that they drop their respective masks.

EDH said...

It's interesting Baldwin uses the word "impersonation" rather than "impression."

Most comedic artists use the word impression. Impression means you capture the person's presence, their essence. Any comedic content that follows is based on transmogrifying that person's essence onto whatever comedic vehicle you wish, the more ridiculous the better. You are putting that person in a silly situation outside of their true identity.

Impersonation implies actually representing yourself as that person. That's exactly where Baldwin's "impersonation" misses the mark. He's so intent on "informing" the audience about how bad Trump is as a person, as his comedic vehicle, whatever essence of the Trump his impression captures is overwhelmed by his proselytizing "impersonation."

Sad!

Drago said...

Curious George: "Looks like Baldwin cashed in some favors to change the headline from "Baldwin Weinstein" to "Baldwin Trump."'

No, more like Baldwin paid Fusion GPS to plant stories with "objective reporters" to advance the narrative.

That appears to be the standard operating procedure of todays lefties.

Bob Ellison said...

The "anonymous source" is often the very person in the story. E.g. "An anonymous source close to the Vice President says he thinks Trump's ties are too long" means Mike Pence was the source.

Darrell said...

Althouse's link--the DECIDER article--said Baldwin's interview was with WNYC Radio's Brain(sic) Lehrer. Somebody told me that Baldwin came on Brian's face when he finished the Melania story.

MadisonMan said...

So someone, who may or may not be in the White House now, told a friend who then told Alec Baldwin who then told -- well, whoever is getting the story by standing next to him, likely wearing a HazMat suit so as not to be contaminated with skeeve.

Yeah, I believe it. Totally.

Francisco D said...

I thought Baldwin played himself pretty well in Glengarry Glenross.

Comanche Voter said...

Baldwin is simply pathetic.

BDNYC said...

The Mooch talking out of school again?

Bay Area Guy said...

Alec is the Shemp Howard of the Baldwin Brothers

EDH said...

Bay Area Guy said...
Alec is the Shemp Howard of the Baldwin Brothers

I always thought of Shemp as the underrated Stooge.

Earnest Prole said...

I thought Baldwin played himself pretty well in Glengarry Glenross.

Agreed. But Baldwin's masterful character in 30 Rock was the precise opposite of Baldwin the human being.

Hari said...

According an unnamed source inside the Clinton Campaign (or formerly in the Clinton Campaign), Bill Clinton loves Donald Trump's use of the term "Crooked Hillary" because of it’s accuracy, as Bill allegedly said “that’s exactly what she’s like.” And Hillary is horrified and beside herself that her husband actually thinks it’s accurate.”

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D said...

Susan told me that Mary overheard Jane say that I am totally cool and she wants to kiss me under the light of the moon.

I am so totally gonna ask her to go for soda when Astral Weeks comes on at Beckys picnic party on Saturdy - That is, if I get invited!

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

I think it's an attempt to get Trump to notice what he (Baldwin) is doing. I may have missed it, but I don't think I've ever heard Trump comment on SNL.

Also, it may be something Alec is telling himself to buck up. He's really only on SNL to do his Trump impression and that's starting to wear thin. Maybe he's worried he's going to fired.

Richard said...

Dear Ann Althouse, Heartfelt congratulations for creating the blog I most look forward to. That most of the comments reflect my thinking, more or less, has no bearing on my opinion.

exiledonmainstreet said...

It would be funny if Melania was asked about SNL by a reporter and said "I have never watched that show."

Earnest Prole said...

Bill Clinton loves Donald Trump's use of the term "Crooked Hillary" because of it’s accuracy

Not to put too fine a point on it but years ago Bill Clinton's #1 nickname was "Crooked Willy."

Big Mike said...

Looking at the poll results, regarding the 18 of you who believe "All of it," I have this bridge ...

Scott McGlasson said...

All of it. Jack Donhaghy would not lie.

(Seriously...no matter what Alec Baldwin has or has not done, will or will not do, in this life, all can be excused because of his performance in that roll.)

Quaestor said...

Not to put too fine a point on it but years ago Bill Clinton's #1 nickname was "Crooked Willy."

I see what you did there.

Quaestor said...

I always thought of Shemp as the underrated Stooge.

So did the other Stooges, which may have been tinged with jealousy since Shemp had work in features as well as short subjects.

Quaestor said...

People who really hate him think that Trump has no sense of humor about himself. I've been watching him for years, and I don't find that to be even a little bit true.

For example...

Earnest Prole said...

People who really hate him think that Trump has no sense of humor about himself. I've been watching him for years, and I don't find that to be even a little bit true.

Those old enough to have followed Trump since the mid-1980s know that when he was young he had a self-deprecating wit that was highly charming -- look for the earliest YouTube clips.

FullMoon said...

exiledonmainstreet said... [hush]​[hide comment]

Baldwin, of course, is trying to play up the notion that Melania secretly hates Trump and is "trapped" and unhappy.


Except for that, I thought it was a pretty good joke.
Of course, does give Trump some of his own medicine, implying that his wife thinks he is a fool. The worst kind of put down for any normal guy.

Dan Hossley said...

Baldwin probably bullied someone who knew some to say it

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rcocean said...

So Baldwin knows somebody who KNOWS somebody.

And this SOMEBODY "worked at the white House".

Under trump or Obama? Who knows

And they "heard" - not from Ivanka of course, that blah, blah.

Its like my scoop on Alec. I heard from someone who knows someone who works in Hollywood that Alec is really a Transsexual.

Not that's there's anything wrong with that.

Leora said...

Baldwin was great in Glengarry Glen Ross and 30 Rock and charming in a number of his movie roles. His Trump "impersonation" is not very good because the scripts aren't very funny. Give the man a good script and he's good.

BillyTalley said...

Smells self serving.