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Alec Baldwin: If I Ran for President against Trump, 'I Would Win'

Actor Alec Baldwin speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Fall Gala, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Alec Baldwin isn’t our commander in chief, but playing one on TV may have given him delusions of grandeur.

The man behind the faux President Trump on the increasingly liberal “Saturday Night Live” appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” this week to chat up his game show reboot “Match Game.”

Naturally, the conversation turned to politics. That’s when the combustible actor made this declaration while the duo discussed candidates who could give the president a tough run in 2020:

Howard Stern: I got a name for you. “Alec Baldwin.”

Alec Baldwin: If I ran I would win.

He actually said that.

Now, before Trump’s rise, the thought that any non-politician could successfully run for the White House was iffy at best. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Franken and Jesse Ventura all targeted lesser offices.

Baldwin thinks the White House is his for the taking, assuming he squares off against President Trump in 2020. Could a talented actor like Baldwin really wrest the presidency from Trump? Here are four reasons why that’s not in the cards.

That Temper

Becoming a father again later in life may have calmed Baldwin down. For a while, though, he was repeatedly making headlines for losing his cool. He cussed out a photographer, possibly using a homophobic slur in the process (he denied this). He got kicked off an airplane for refusing to shut his smartphone down when asked. Those incidents forged a less than flattering image of the gifted actor, even though Hollywood has stuck by him through the worst of times.

He’s No Oprah

The Left and media reporters briefly salivated over a possible Oprah Winfrey presidential run. Why? She’s charming, smart and can convey a positive message like few folks in our culture. She’s also a very savvy businesswoman, running multiple enterprises from her own cable network to The Oprah Magazine. Baldwin is her equal on the acting front. His business resume? There’s no comparison.

Baggage Central

Baldwin’s temper tantrum legacy is just one part of his baggage legacy. What else? He was caught calling his then-11-year-old daughter a “rude, thoughtless pig” on a phone message, a scandal that seized headlines for weeks. The full quote is even more damning:

You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being.

I don’t give a damn that you’re 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you’re a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn’t care about what you do as far as I’m concerned.

Think Trump won’t bring up that slice of his history on the campaign trail?

Plus, Baldwin has repeatedly quit and returned to Twitter following various meltdowns. If he can’t control his own Twitter feed, why should we trust him with the White House, or so the attack ads will say.

The Bubble Is Real

Too many Democrats haven’t a clue about how the other half lives. That other half refers to Red State USA, right-leaning souls who may think there are only two genders on a given day. That disconnect will hurt Democrats in 2020. That’s doubly true for Baldwin, a faithful progressive who lives in Hollywood’s impenetrable bubble. At some point you have to reach across the aisle or at least shake hands with someone who doesn’t think socialism is the answer. Baldwin seems uniquely incapable of doing such a thing.