Alec Baldwin: 'Take a knee and tune into' 'SNL'

Actor Alec Baldwin is calling on Americans to take a knee as they watch the season premier of NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

"At 11:30, I want everyone in this great country to gather round the TV, take a knee and tune into @nbcsnl," Baldwin wrote on Twitter. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE ignited a feud with the NFL last week over players that take a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality, saying at a rally in Alabama that players that do so should be fired.

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The comments drew a swift rebuke from NFL players, coaches and executives, who largely defended athletes' right to protest. In a show of solidarity on Sunday, teams kneeled and linked arms at games across the country. 

Since then, Trump has called on the league to formally ban such protests. On Wednesday, Trump said the NFL must end the demonstrations or their business "is going to go to hell."

Baldwin's impersonation of Trump became a staple of SNL's last season, and he's expected to reprise that role when the latest season premieres Saturday night. 

That impersonation has also drawn the ire of Trump himself, who has derided the show as "unfunny" and "unwatchable" since Baldwin stepped into the role.