Donald Trump thinks Alec Baldwin's portrayal of him on SNL 'stinks'
The U.S. Republican presidential nominee says he watched Saturday Night Live, calls it 'hit job'
Donald Trump caught his reflection on Saturday Night Live and didn't like what he saw.
The U.S. Republican presidential nominee says he watched the comedy show Saturday and thinks Alec Baldwin's portrayal of him "stinks." In a tweet posted early Sunday, he also referred to the parody as a "hit job."
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!—@realDonaldTrump
Baldwin, who has been praised by critics and on social media for his impersonation of the 70-year-old businessman-turned-politician, began playing the presidential candidate when the season premiered three weeks ago.
Saturday's show poked fun at the second presidential debate Oct. 9, and in particular Trump's standing and swaying behind Hillary Clinton — he often appeared to be looming behind the Democratic presidential nominee when she had the floor.
In the most recent sketch, Baldwin/Trump could be seen lurking behind Kate McKinnon, who plays Clinton, with the score from Jaws in the background.
Until now, Trump had not commented on SNL's portrayal of him this season. He hosted an episode of the long-running show last year, after he'd entered the presidential race but before he became the Republican nominee.
Trump's scathing review might also serve as an unintentional endorsement — Baldwin retweeted the post.
Saturday's sketch threw jabs at Clinton, as well, with McKinnon playing her as a woman "made of steel" but trying to look relaxed and casual.
Still, it was Trump and his wife Melania at the centre of most of the punchlines.
In addition to the debate, the show cleverly spoofed Beyoncé's Lemonade film with a black-and-white digital short called Melanianade.
In it, a parodied Melania takes the lead as a scorned woman singing a reworked version of Bey's Sorry and taking a bat to a TV airing Trump, like the superstar singer did to car windows in the original.
The short included Emily Blunt, who hosted the show, as Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka.