The actor who portrays Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shared his thoughts on Twitter Wednesday.
“I don’t think anyone involved in the college fraud cases should go to prison. That includes past cases as well,” Baldwin, 61, wrote. “Community service, fines, yes. But prison time, no.
Before concluding his message, Baldwin gave a shout-out to Huffman, who reported to a federal prison in California on Tuesday. She is set to serve 14 days for paying $15,000 to Rick Singer, the mastermind of a nationwide college admissions scheme, to have someone correct answers on the SAT test of her oldest daughter, Sophia.
“My heart goes out to Felicity, (her husband) Bill Macy and their family,” Baldwin wrote.
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Baldwin also took the time to address critics of his tweet.
“This opinion seems tone deaf,” one opponent wrote. “If they can afford hundreds of thousands of $$ to get their kids in, how will a ‘fine’ be a deterrent? Even the current risk of jail WASN’T.”
“Community service is better,” Baldwin responded. “The demonization of wealth in this country is mind blowing. A country built on both freedoms and commerce. Now, all success is scrutinized. Merely to succeed, especially financially, invites scrutiny, judgment, abuse.”
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“Let me educate you here,” Baldwin tweeted back. “Video footage from every angle proved that you are incorrect and that no one punched anyone. If I had, I would have bern out on trial for assault. That didn’t happen. You can apologize here.”
Last month, John Legend also spoke out against Huffman’s sentence, without mentioning the actress by name. The musician is also the founder of FreeAmerica, which aims to “transform America’s criminal justice system” per its website.
“I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of color Y gets a long one,” Legend’s Sept. 14 tweet read. “The answer isn’t for X to get more; it’s for both of them to get less (or even none!!!) We should level down not up.”
“Americans have become desensitized to how much we lock people up,” he shared in another post. “Prisons and jails are not the answer to every bad thing everyone does, but we’ve come to use them to address nearly every societal ill.”
Legend described Huffman’s sentencing as ultimately meaningless.
“And no one in our nation will benefit from the 14 days an actress will serve for cheating in college admissions,” he wrote. “We don’t need to lock people up for any of this stuff.”
Contributing: Joey Garrison
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