SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Wednesday February 15, 2017 – American actor and humourist Alec Baldwin does such a convincing Donald Trump impersonation that it fooled a national newspaper in the Dominican Republic into thinking he was the real deal.
Spanish language publication El Nacional ran an apology on Saturday after mistakenly running a still of the actor doing his impression of the new US president on Saturday Night Live (SNL) instead of Trump himself.
Alongside an article in its Friday edition headlined, “Trump says settlements in Israel don’t favour peace,” a photograph of a frowning Baldwin in a Trump-styled blond wig appears next to a photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In an apology posted on its website, El Nacional said a photo of Baldwin imitating Trump – captioned “Donald Trump, president of the USA” – was published on page 19 and the mistake went unnoticed by the newspaper’s staff.
Roughly translated, the apology notes that Baldwin plays Trump on Saturday Night Live, and that the photo was distributed by the Associated Press properly identified but incorrectly used by the newspaper staff.
“Actor Baldwin imitates President Trump on the Saturday Night Live weekly show on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), one of the most important in the United States,” it explained.
“El Nacional apologises to its readers and anyone who felt affected by the publication of the photo,” the statement added.
Saturday Night Live is hardly Trump’s favourite TV programme. He has referred to it as “unwatchable” and says Baldwin’s frequent impressions of him “stink.”
“Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!” he lashed out on Twitter.