While a lot of people like Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impression on "SNL," two of the show's stars are shutting down criticism that they've made the President likable as a person in the process.
"Weekend Update" co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che appeared on "The View" on Monday, where they were asked about former "SNL" star Norm Macdonald's recent comments saying the show has played a role in "trivializing any danger that [he] might be. "
"If Alec's goal is to make him more likable, I would say it's not working," Jost said. "I feel like, the way he's likable, he was already likable before our show. Clearly, some people respond to him."
"He had a hit TV show, somebody liked him," added Che. "It was a fun show, he's a fun show guy."
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Macdonald said this about how the show has handled Trump's presidency:
I love Alec Baldwin. And one of my best friends, Jim Downey, writes the political sketches. Or used to. [Downey came out of retirement to write for SNL again in the fall of 2016.] And they were great. But they were always funny. I don't know. I have different ideas on that than most. But I think they're playing into Trump's hands. Because if you satirize someone, or mock them, you're trivializing any danger that they might be. I don't know any other way to do something. You can't get a laugh without making the person more likable. Plus, I don't think comedy does anything anyway. I was reading this book—I'm kind of obsessed with Hitler, you know? And they were saying, when Hitler took power, all these comedians and sketch troupes would do Hitler. They'd put a comb under their nose. They all hated Hitler and they'd make fun of him. Hitler didn't care and then he did all those bad things. I don't want to get into the details, but this guy was no saint. So I have no historical precedent that comedy ever changed anything.