Actor Rob Schneider, a former cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” is not a fan of the show’s direction in this Trump era.
During a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Schneider argued “SNL” has become too predictable in its disdain for President Donald Trump.
“The fun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically,” Schneider explained. “You kind of assumed they would lean more left and liberal, but now the cat’s out of the bag.”
Ever since the 2016 presidential election, the actor said, “SNL” has been “completely against Trump” — a reality that makes the weekly show “less interesting because you know the direction the piece is going.”
Schneider was particularly critical of actor Alec Baldwin’s Trump impersonation.
The “Real Rob” star compared Baldwin’s Trump impersonation to comedian Dana Carvey’s portrayal of former President George H.W. Bush.
“Carvey played it respectfully,” Schneider recalled. “To me, the genius of Dana Carvey was Dana always had empathy for the people he played, and Alec Baldwin has nothing but a fuming, seething anger toward the person he plays.”
I think it’s also important to note that, in the grand scheme, I do have some other things I’m working on/committed to. So my Trump impression, such as it is, is 11th on a list of 10 top priorities.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) April 27, 2018
Schneider even admitted it’s “hard to watch” Baldwin’s impersonation of Trump.
“I don’t find his impression to be comical,” he said. “Because, like I said, I know the way his politics lean and it spoils any surprise. There’s no possible surprise. He so clearly hates the man he’s playing.”
A few years ago, Schneider abandoned his roots in the Democratic Party. He now identifies as an Independent and is eager to pounce on the “PC” culture the left so readily embraces.
“Literally if you don’t go the party line — you’re out,” he said. “There’s a real ugliness to it.”