So that’s how he does it.
Colbert told the actor that when he first saw his Saturday Night Live impersonation he thought, “Oh, thank God, somebody has cracked that nut.”
Baldwin said the experience has been both amazing and eerie, because more than anything he’s done in the past, people come up and thank him on the streets for his Trump impression, something he laughingly said his young daughter Carmen doesn’t appreciate.
When asked how he creates the impression, Baldwin said it is “totally a caricature.”
“You just pick a few things,’ he said. “Like I’m sitting in the room and I’m going, ‘Left eyebrow up, right eyebrow down, shove your face like you’re trying to suck the chrome off the fender of a car.'” He went through the motions to the delight of the audience.
“Trump isn’t your first questionable president that you have experience with,” said Colbert, bringing out a letter Richard Nixon wrote to Baldwin about losing his bid for president at his university.
Nixon impressions came out as both Colbert and Baldwin impersonated the impeached president. They also spoke about whether Trump has made it so entertainers can now easily get elected into the highest political office.
“It’s not going to open the door for nontraditional candidates,” opined Baldwin. “It goes competency, incompetency, competency,” said Colbert.