"When Alec Baldwin plays the president, Trump 'is the head writer'" PBS NewsHour 11/9/2017
SUMMARY: Alec Baldwin first played then-candidate Donald Trump in October 2016 and assumed the parody would last until the election, but the actor continues to be a recurring guest on Saturday Night Live and an outspoken critic of the President. Baldwin sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss his book, “You Can't Spell America Without Me,” a memoir in which he takes on Trump's voice in a different way.
Jeffrey Brown (NewsHour): You’re not shy about your own politics. You’re sort on of the opposite of him on almost every issue. So should we see this as kind of a political act?
Alec Baldwin, actor: That’s a fair point, if we were doing a lot of writing.
Trump is the head writer of “SNL” himself. Nearly 90…
Jeffrey Brown: In what sense?
Alec Baldwin:Well, nearly 90 percent of what we say and do are verbatim transcriptions of what Trump has said. We don’t really have to go very far to find the material. Trump himself is just spewing it out on a daily basis or a weekly basis.
So it’s not about politics meaning I’m misstating or misquoting things that he said and did. That’s one of the jokes we told is that Trump would say how he hates the media, and he hates NBC and he hates “SNL,” because I say things, and they repeat it right back to the public, he would say. They repeat all the things I say.
Of course he’s tormented by the fact that we repeat all the things that he says.