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Alec Baldwin Says Trump ‘Just Keeps Getting It Wrong, Every Time He Opens His Mouth'

The actor discussed what it was like playing The Donald on “SNL."
Alec Baldwin opened up about playing Donald Trump in a recent interview with Brian Lehrer. 
Alec Baldwin opened up about playing Donald Trump in a recent interview with Brian Lehrer. 

Alec Baldwin, who delighted audiences as Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” this fall, has recently shared his thoughts on the Republican presidential candidate. 

During an interview on radio show “The Brian Lehrer Show,” the former “30 Rock” star got candid about Trump’s campaign, noting the real estate mogul “could have won” had he made some better decisions. 

“[Hillary Clinton] was beatable, if he had unified with the party. You don’t have to be a political insider to think of the two or three things he might have done to have vastly improved his chances,” Baldwin said, later adding, “He just keeps getting it wrong, every time he opens his mouth. It’s tragic, really.” 

“I often wonder — and I hate saying this — if there’s something wrong with him, medically. It’s this compulsive need to burn every bridge — he’s a pyromaniac in that sense,” the actor said, before admitting he feels bad for the GOP candidate’s family.  

Baldwin, 58, also spoke about playing The Donald on “SNL,” a role he admitted he was initially reluctant to play. Now, he’s grateful he got the chance. 

“I think people were ready to take in that version of him, which is so aggressive,” Baldwin said. 

In terms of writing the sketches, Baldwin noted that Trump essentially supplied all the material the writers needed just by opening his mouth.

“He’s the head writer of his own comedy routine,” he said. 

As for Hillary Clinton, Trump’s biggest opponent, Baldwin said he hopes that if she wins, her side is “gracious.” 

“I hope they don’t catch the disease of the other side, which is an aggressive, in-your-face, spiking the ball in the end zone,” he said. “I’d like to see the Clinton camp and Clinton supporters — if they win — elevate the whole thing.” 

Baldwin said this whole election cycle has made him realize one thing: how much he’s going to miss President Barack Obama, “who was one of the most gracious men who ever occupied the White House in history.” 

And when asked if he’ll get back into the makeup chair to don Trump’s signature orange glow on “SNL” after the election, Baldwin said, “I certainly hope not.” 

“I hope it’s over,” he quipped. “I want my weekends back so I can be with my kids.” 

You can listen to Baldwin’s entire interview here

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