Alec Baldwin was the guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and things got weirdly kind of hostile when the actor, who has been impersonating Donald Trump on SNL since last season, started taking shots at "competing" comedians who do Trump impressions.
"It's interesting that now that [Trump's] not going to the White House Correspondents' Dinner, there are people who are lobbying to play Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner," Baldwin told Kimmel. "There's a couple guys on the internet who are like, 'No, please. I'm the only man who should play Trump.' There's a lot of Trump competition, I got sucked into this."
The "guys on the internet" he's referring to include Anthony Atamanuik, a beloved NYC improviser whose hilarious Trump impression has sparked a Twitter campaign to get him to perform at the White House Correspondents' Dinner (which the actual Trump will not be attending this year).
He's made it clear he'd be down for the gig.
Atamanuik didn't appreciate being dismissed by Baldwin as some "guy on the internet," and he fired back on Twitter last night.
"No one's lobbying Alec," he wrote. "I think it was @Midnight that did that for me. But thank you for the f@%k you on Kimmel."
Baldwin simply responded, "you're welcome."
Guys, stop fighting! There are plenty of Trump impersonation opportunities to go around!
Other comedians have jumped into the fray to come to Atamanuik's defense, including James Adomian, who hit Alec Baldwin with a string of vicious tweets.
^^Good point though.
Wow that's low. And he kept going.
This man is an unstoppable force of Twitter shade.
Alec Baldwin was too busy being a rich and famous person with a family to delve further in to this twitter beef, right? Of course not!
He shot back at Adomian, shade for shade.
That escalated quickly.
If you wish to compare Trump impressions so you can choose sides in this historically significant controversy, here's a clip of Alec Baldwin's impression.
And here's a clip of Atamanuik's.
My vote goes to Anthony Atamanuik. His Trump impression is so good I forgive him for giving me a B in Level 2 Improv.