'It was agony for those who were forced to watch'

President Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin are still locked together in a volatile dance of tweet attacks: Baldwin will be asked questions by the press about his Saturday Night Live impression and Trump will trash the actor on Twitter in response. The latest example of this comes after Baldwin referred to his role on the sketch comedy series as “agony.”

“Every time I do it now, it’s like agony. Agony. I can’t,” Baldwin had told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published this week.

So Trump responded with an early Friday morning tweet that read: “Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him. Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!”

Clearly, that tweet had a few errors (“Alex” Baldwin?), so 25 minutes later, the president deleted the original tweet and reposted it after some copyediting:

Hammond had portrayed Trump, as well as Bill Clinton, during his 15-year run on SNL. Baldwin was brought on for the persona during the 2016 presidential campaign and has continued to mock the sitting president. Trump has been tweeting attacks at Baldwin since he took the gig, and Baldwin has dished it right back.

“Agony thought it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for,” Baldwin responded Friday morning in the first of four tweets. He concluded by “signing off” to go work on his upcoming film, Motherless Brooklyn, and added, “If this is mediocrity, give me more.”

In Baldwin’s interview with THR, he further slammed the current president. “If things don’t go in the right direction for the midterms… I could go out on the street, stand on any corner and tap 10 people on the shoulder. And all 10 of them, in all likelihood, would be more qualified — ethically, morally, intellectually and spiritually — than Trump,” he said. “I’ll vote for Mitt Romney. I don’t care. Anybody over this guy. It doesn’t matter. We have to get rid of him.”

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