Sunday night, Alec Baldwin told a group of high-dollar Democratic donors that “we need to overthrow the government” because of President Donald Trump.
Speaking at a fundraiser in New Hampshire, less than a day after reprising his role as Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” Baldwin tried to convey a sense of urgency to the crowd of mostly “candidates, officials and activists,” Fox News reports, by suggesting merely winning seats in Congress isn’t enough.
“In an orderly and formal way, and lawful way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump,” Baldwin told the crowd to raucous applause.
“[This election] and the one that follows in 2020 will be the most consequential elections since the election of FDR,” Baldwin added. “It is time to overthrow the government of Donald Trump — not in a violent way or unlawful way — but it must be overthrown nonetheless.”
Baldwin did let the audience in on a little secret though, suggesting that neither he nor SNL producer Lorne Michaels expected Trump to win the 2016 Presidential election, and that the pair are still in disbelief that Hillary Clinton lost by several states.
In his speech, Baldwin claimed he was hired to play Trump for “‘just three shows,” and that Michaels told him that after the election “he’ll be gone.”
“‘Three shows. It will be fun,’ he said,” Baldwin quipped, quoting Michaels.
For all his talk about overthrowing Trump, though, Baldwin told reporters, after the event, that he’s not confident that any of the Democratic front-runners — who appeared for the first time in a CNN primary poll over the weekend — are well-equipped to beat the New York real estate developer.
“I’m hoping that someone that isn’t necessarily on the horizon right now would materialize,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think anybody that’s a front-runner now of the top six, seven, eight names that I’ve seen, I don’t think any of them is going to have an easy time of it.”