Comedian Alec Baldwin defended portraying President Donald Trump during Saturday’s premiere of “Saturday Night Live.”
Baldwin responded to people who criticized him for mocking Trump while he is recovering from coronavirus in a video shared to his personal Instagram account.
“If there was ever the suggestion that Trump was truly, gravely ill, and people said, ‘Trump is really in trouble,’ then I would bet you everything I have that we wouldn’t even get near that, in terms of the content of the show,” Baldwin said in the video. “They would have done something else. I’ve seen that happen before.”
Baldwin and Jim Carrey, who played former Vice President Joe Biden in the sketch, both made jokes about Trump contracting coronavirus. (RELATED: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Shares First Look At Jim Carrey, Maya Rudolph As Biden, Harris)
“We only have the words of the White House itself and the people who work there themselves to go on, and all of them have all been saying he isn’t in any danger,” he continued. “We only have their word to go by and if their word was that he was in serious trouble, then we probably wouldn’t have done it.”
Baldwin also pointed out that no matter how much “animosity” he could find for Trump, he wouldn’t wish that he would die.
“There are a lot of people out there who have the deepest amount of animosity I could possibly calculate in my adult life toward Trump, but there’s a line they won’t cross,” Baldwin said. “They wouldn’t say, ‘I wish something happened to him,’ or that he died, or whatever. And people who do that, that’s not the way it should be.”