Donald Trump Blasts ‘SNL’ Again On Twitter, Says Show’s Material “Should Be Tested In Courts”
“A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. “It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”
A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
Trump’s mention of a “scandal” likely refers to his irritation with the media’s coverage of the many controversies that have engulfed him and that have sparked investigations. Over the weekend, SNL mocked Trump in its “cold open” sketch with a parody of the classic Christmas movie It’s A Wonderful Life. The black-and-white skit imagined what life would have been like if Trump hadn’t been elected president, specifically looking at how different the lives of his associates like Michael Cohen (played by Ben Stiller), Kellyanne Conway (played by Kate McKinnon) and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (played by host Matt Damon) would be in this alternate universe. Alec Baldwin returned to play the president for the segment.
Trump has previously gone after SNL and Baldwin in the past, especially since the 60-year-old actor began playing him in the show’s 42nd season, just weeks before the 2016 election.
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
On CNN on Sunday, Brian Stelter and correspondents Joan Walsh and Oliver Darcy weighed in on Trump’s attacks on NBC and SNL. Walsh cited the First Amendment and noted that the sketch comedy show is purely satire and that it has made fun of almost every president and major political figure since it began in 1975, not simply Trump.
Trump hosted SNL in November 2015, just five months after announcing his bid for president.