Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump impression is moving beyond Saturday Night Live. Having played Trump on the show since the general election campaign debates, Baldwin is now taking his popular impression of the president to the printed page.
On Wednesday, Penguin Press announced that they would be publishing a book co-written by Baldwin and Kurt Anderson, a parody political memoir lampooning Trump’s first year in office called You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump. According to Penguin, the book will feature Trump’s “refreshingly compulsive un-PC candor” applied to what he really thinks about his family, other world leaders, and the major events of his first year, many of which, of course, have not happened yet after only 40 days in office. The book is currently set for publication on Nov. 7, almost a full year after Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton. There will also be an audiobook version, to be read by Baldwin in his Trump voice.
Anderson was one of the co-founders of Spy magazine, the publication that first called Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian” — an insult that has carried on to the present day. As a result, Anderson is something of an expert when it comes to mocking Trump.
“I didn’t think this former hobby of mine would return with this ferocity,” Anderson told the New York Times, adding that the book will be just as rooted in the real Trump as Baldwin’s parody: “I think we’ll be channeling and amplifying the real Trump … Writing for a five- or 10-minute sketch is different than writing a book, which has to be a narrative.”
You Can’t Spell America Without Me isn’t the only literary Trump satire coming down the pipe. Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson recently announced he will be publishing a Trump-skewering comic fairy tale called Pussy.