The SNL president is tweeting the real life first lady with an invitation most would find hard to resist. On Saturday, Alec Baldwin invited Melania Trump via Twitter to "come over to the light" and even film an episode of Saturday Night Live with him. This follows two seasons mocking her husband on the comedy show and recent controversy surrounding her visit to immigration detention facilities. She left for the trip wearing a jacket that read, "I REALLY DON’T DON’T CARE, DO U?"
Baldwin would wager that she does. He wrote on Twitter in the form of a letter:
Dear Melania- We know what you’re thinking. What you’re feeling. You are quaking w anticipation. Shuddering w a strange, newfound courage. Come. Come over to the light. We will welcome you as a hero in ways you never imagined possible. And then do SNL w me. Sincerely, Alec.
Baldwin then followed it up with a photo of the two of them from long before her husband was president or he played the guy on SNL. "We have a chair waiting for you in the @nbcsnl make-up room," he wrote.
The letter post was liked nearly 8,000 times and Twitter users responded with varying degrees of excitement about the idea.
Trump hasn't directly responded to the criticism about her jacket, or acknowledged it meant anything. She wore it upon taking off from D.C. and then again after leaving her military transfer on her way back to the White House.
Trump's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement that there was no hidden-in-plain-site note on the coat. “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message,” Grisham said. “After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe (Much like her high heels last year).”
Trump did tweet following the visit. Accompanying the message with a video, she wrote on Twitter, "Visiting w children at the shelter in #Texas yesterday was very touching. Despite the difficult circumstances children were in good spirits & very kind. It's my sincere hope Congress will be able to reach across the aisle & find a solution!"
She was widely criticized for not acknowledging that her husband's administration could solve the problem and that action by Congress was unnecessary.
The White House eventually backpedaled its stance and President Trump signed an executive order to keep children together. "I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated," he said at the signing. Despite the new guidelines, there are more than 2,000 children who remain separated from their parents.
As for Baldwin, he might be taking to Twitter since his usual outlet, Saturday Night Live is on summer hiatus. In the past, he has been joined by cast member Cecily Strong as Melania Trump. That's likely to continue, unless of course the real first lady takes Baldwin up on his offer.
That's unlikely, though, given that reports point to Trump enjoying Strong's impression of her. Strong herself told Jimmy Fallon that she thinks the first lady enjoys the show. "She pointed at me when she walked in,” Strong told Fallon about a dinner she attended with the Trumps, “and then I think he said, ‘She likes your impression.’ But I’ve heard through the grapevine that she watches the show and likes it."
Trump's take on Strong's impersonation may have changed if the show were still filming this season. The deportation controversy would surely have been addressed, and the first lady's visit to Texas would have been fair game.
Instead, SNL has to wait until the fall to comment. Baldwin just couldn't wait that long.