SNL Needs to Retire Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump.

by Pitt Griffin on October 1, 2017 · 0 comments

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Alec Baldwin’s parody of Donald Trump is a masterpiece of thick-lipped buffoonery — but it needs to be retired. Playing the man-child President as a dimwitted ass misses his fundamental evil — his thin-skinned, brooding, paranoid sociopathy. The worst of Trump is not his lecture on the definition of an island — it his ad hominem attacks on the Mayor of San Juan. His visceral need to diminish someone who has called him out. His psychological need to distract from his failures.

Brilliant – but it’s time to retire the character.

The SNL writers should read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” for guidance. There is the edge. Effective satire demands we feel the problem — not just laugh at it.

Trump is a sadist. His career is littered with average Joe’s who have been hurt by the association. Sub-contractors stiffed. ‘Students’ defrauded. Blacks denied housing. Americans denied jobs.

And in return, where is the giveback, the charitable giving? A hallmark of greatness in American economic life is a legacy of giving — the Rockefellers, Fords, Carnegie, and today Buffet and Gates — but from Trump nothing.

It is not in his nature. He is a lurking beast in a gilded lair. Ever vigilant, ever defensive. Hopped up on fear and recrimination. He lacks the strength to be open, generous, self-deprecating. He has no appreciation for art or beauty. His home resembles the lobby of an expensive Las Vegas hotel. He is a hollow man.

Trump is Dorian Grey without Grey’s youth and vigor. In Trump’s tawdry telling of the tale, he traded his soul for beauty and was cheated in the bargain. Now there’s an irony.

So what to do? Here’s my suggestion to SNL. Don’t show Trump. Take away his oxygen. Instead, show the Kellyannes, the Sarahs, the cadaverous Stephens, running around interpreting Trump’s utterings as if he were no more than an evil, invisible force, stripped of any claim to humanity. A vile excrescence. A baleful influence. Let him be cast as Godot in his own absurd drama.

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