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Alec Baldwin: We need to overthrow the government

• Union Leader

MANCHESTER — Fresh off his first appearance of the season as President Trump on "Saturday Night Live," actor Alec Baldwin headlined the New Hampshire Democratic Party's inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner Sunday night at the Manchester Downtown Hotel.

"The way we implement change in America is through elections," Baldwin said. "In that orderly way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump. Not in a violent, awful way, but it must be overthrown nonetheless. Let's make America great again, by making Donald Trump a casino operator again."

Baldwin won an Emmy award last year for his mocking impersonation of Trump on NBC's "SNL." He did not appear as Trump in Manchester.

"At the cocktail party before this event I learned two things about people from this area," said Baldwin. "I heard from some that my great-great grandfather came from Scotland. The other half came from Massachusetts. The other thing I was told is half of the seats in this room are from the House delegation — that's amazing."

Sunday's event was previously known as the "Jefferson-Jackson Dinner" before being switched in 2016 to the "Kennedy-Clinton Dinner." The national controversy over sexual harassment fueled by the "#MeToo" movement earlier this year prompted the name change.

New Hampshire Democrats have come under fire from Republicans recently for having Baldwin serve as keynote speaker at the dinner.

"(Sunday) night, New Hampshire Democrats will celebrate with comedian Alec Baldwin, a man well known for his homophobic and sexist remarks, as well as his bullying," said NHGOP Chairman Wayne MacDonald in a statement issued over the weekend. "Surely, with a Democrat field as talented for 2020 as the Democrats claim, a better, less controversial, speaker could have been arranged. Will Molly Kelly, Ann Kuster, and Chris Pappas denounce Alec Baldwin's hateful comments by not attending the fundraiser? The new Democrat normal, exemplified by the likes of Alec Baldwin and Michael Avenatti, won't go unnoticed by voters this November."

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