After taking the red pill several years ago and departing from the Democratic Party, “Saturday Night Live” alum Rob Schneider is waging a war on political correctness, and he is none-too-pleased with the way his former stomping ground has become a mouthpiece for left-wing politics during the Trump administration.
Speaking with New York Daily News, Schneider said that “SNL” made a mistake by deciding to show its political hand so broadly, which was a departure from when he started in early-90s, alongside such comedic giants like Mike Myers, Chris Rock, and Adam Sandler.
“The fun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically,” he told the Daily News. “You kind of assumed they would lean more left and liberal, but now the cat’s out of the bag they are completely against Trump, which I think makes it less interesting because you know the direction the piece is going.”
Schneider took aim at Alec Baldwin’s current portrayal of President Trump in comparison to his former co-star Dana Carvey’s portrayal of President H.W. Bush. Beneath the satire, according to Schneider, the latter showed affection for the president while the former only has disdain.
“Carvey played it respectfully,” Schneider said. “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.”
For that reason, Schneider says Baldwin is “hard to watch” because his motives are just too obvious. “Alec Baldwin is a brilliant actor… he’s not a comedian,” Schneider flatly shared.
“I don’t find his impression to be comical,” he added. “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.”
Schneider lived as a Democrat for most of his life until experiencing a political awakening in 2014. He now describes himself as an “independent” and bashes both liberal “PC” culture and Republicans.
“Literally if you don’t go the party line — you’re out. There’s a real ugliness to it,” he explained.
The former “SNL” alum did not reveal whether or not he supports Trump, but does feel the endless mockery of him only makes things worse.
“Nothing good can come from making Trump nervous,” Schneider continued. “It’s like asking Bill Cosby to top off your drink.”
Though Schneider criticizes some of Trump’s policies, especially on immigration, he does have a personal like for him based on their work together on “Home Alone 2,” which was set in Trump’s then-Plaza Hotel.
“I didn’t sleep for two weeks,” Schneider recalled. “[Trump] was nice enough to give me a room. He gave me a room for free, so I could sleep between shots,” Schneider said. “He was very generous and nice and has been nice every time I saw him. He told me he hated me, but he was kind of joking because I made fun of him.”
During the free speech controversies at Berkeley last year, Schneider likened the stonewalling of conservative speakers to fascists: