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Baldwin Complains After Trump Tweet About 'Retribution'

Actor raises concern about his safety
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2019 6:08 AM CST
This file photo released by NBC shows Alec Baldwin as President Trump on "Saturday Night Live."   (Will Heath/NBC via AP)

(Newser) – Alec Baldwin skewered President Trump again over the weekend on Saturday Night Live, and now the two men are continuing the animosity online. In a tweet, Trump made clear he hated the skit mocking his declaration of a national emergency. "Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!" he wrote. "Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!" In a second tweet, he reiterated his view that the media "IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" Baldwin didn't appreciate the language.

"I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?" he tweeted. Other critics pointed out that Trump supporters have actually attacked the media, including a recent incident involving a BBC cameraman at a Trump rally, notes USA Today, which rounds up the tweets. Most of the negative reaction to Trump's comments, however, is typified by an ACLU tweet: "It's called the First Amendment." (The president has previously threatened the licenses of the big networks over what he sees as biased coverage.)

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