In case you missed it, here’s a video out from several months ago featuring Alec Baldwin giving a fiery speech. NBC News tweeted it out as if the actor and vocal Trump critic Alec Baldwin was telling a group of Democrats they needed to “overthrow the government” under President Donald Trump. That is not the full context of what Baldwin said or proposed. It is misleading.
“We need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump,” Baldwin said at a Democratic event in New Hampshire. NBC left out the context but put forth that portion of the quote. Before he encouraged the audience to “overthrow” the government, Baldwin stated the way to do it was in an “orderly,” “formal” and “lawful” way. Context is everything.
“The way we implement change, the way we implement change in America is through elections. We change governments here at home in an orderly and formal way,” Baldwin stated. “And in that orderly and formal way and lawful way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump.”
At a different point in his remarks, Baldwin criticized Trump and Republicans in Congress:
“There is a small cadre of people currently in power who are hell-bent on continuing a malicious immigration policy that has set this country up for charges of human rights violations by the global community,” Baldwin said. “This cadre has looted money from the federal treasury and deposited it directly into the bank accounts of their most ardent political supporters so that they and several generations of their descendants will have the resources to maintain the GOP in political power for as long as possible.”
Alec Baldwin: "We need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump." pic.twitter.com/J332cZA7rf
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 15, 2018
At the time, Baldwin was hinting at running for office himself but joked his wife would divorce him if he did. It is unknown if he still intends to run. He stated last summer that he could beat Trump if he ran for president. “Let’s overthrow the government of Donald Trump peacefully, lawfully and with extreme prejudice. Let’s make America great again, by making Donald Trump a casino operator again,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin continued his attacks on Trump and the GOP for their treatment of women:
“They view and treat women as human beings that are not entitled to the same constitutional protections that men are. They are sons, they themselves are sons, husbands, fathers, and yet when the time arrived in the thick of the #MeToo movement to set politics aside and establish that women’s rights were more important than political expediency, they failed and it was ugly,” Baldwin said.
Alec Baldwin was and is a big supporter of Hillary Clinton. He is a close friend of Bill Clinton as well and politics has always been an option for him.
Although it sounded initially as if he was calling for the violent overthrow of the government, in reality, what he is calling for is Americans to do so by voting. The method of his proposed “overthrow” at this Democratic fundraiser in New Hampshire was through the ballot box.