President Donald Trump has faced more than his share of threats from Hollywood stars throughout his first term.
As a recent example, actor Alec Baldwin unleashed a Twitter outburst in which he mentioned assault as a possible means for whoever “drags” the president out of the White House if he refuses to concede last month’s election to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“Who drags him out?”
Although the president continues to pursue complaints about alleged fraud and irregularities in the election results, he has indicated that he would exit the White House next month if the Electoral College declared Biden the winner.
That might make the premise of Baldwin’s tweet misleading at the least, but he continued by issuing a barrage of loaded questions to his social media followers.
“Who arrests Trump if he refuses to concede?” the actor asked. “Who drags him out?”
Baldwin went on to entertain some violent imagery while invoking cases of police violence including this year’s death of George Floyd and the 1991 assault on Rodney King, both of which sparked widespread protests and civil unrest.
“Pepper spray? Cuffs? A knee on his neck, cutting off his oxygen? Does he wheeze ‘I can’t breathe,'” he asked.
“A Nazi graveyard”
Among the other potential outcomes was to “whale away on” the president “like a pinata” or “Rodney King style.”
Of course, those who have followed Baldwin’s ignoble career know this was hardly the first instance of his disturbing rhetoric. Earlier this year, he used a vulgar slur in calling on his supporters to vote “this fascist … out of our lives.”
In another tweet, shortly after the election, the actor followed a common leftist narrative by comparing Trump and his administration to Nazi Germany, writing that someone should bury the president “in a Nazi graveyard and put a swastika on his grave.”
Long before the first ballots were cast, Baldwin took aim at the president’s supporters in April by accusing them of being “mentally ill.”
Trump has also landed some punches on Baldwin, who has become known for impersonating the president on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. In 2018, the president tweeted: “Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!”