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President Trump calls for government agencies to ‘look into’ ‘Saturday Night Live’
Saturday night’s rerun featured the “It’s a Wonderful Trump” sketch, which originally aired in December. It showed what life would be like if President Trump had never been elected.
It seemed to be a painful memory for the president, who expressed his frustration on Twitter.
Following the rerun, Trump ranted in a series of tweets about the show he called “not funny.” He asked how the cast could “spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), without so much of a mention of ‘the other side.’”
He said the show was like “an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows.”
It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of “the other side.” Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
In his next tweet, he called for the Federal Election Commission or Federal Communication Commission to investigate the show, baselessly stating that there must be “collusion with Democrats and, of course, Russia.”
....Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia! Such one sided media coverage, most of it Fake News. Hard to believe I won and am winning. Approval Rating 52%, 93% with Republicans. Sorry! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
“Hard to believe I won and am winning. Approval rating 52%, 93% with Republicans. Sorry!” he added.
It’s not clear where those numbers came from. The Gallup report’s most recent rating put him at a 39 percent approval rating, and even the right-leaning Rasmussen Poll has him currently sitting at 48 percent, although Rasmussen previously had him at 52 percent.
President Trump has shared his frustration over actor Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of him SNL.
While it happens less often, SNL also takes swipes at Democrats, like a sketch making fun of liberal optimism—and anxiety—during the 2018 midterms.
Earlier this week, the president took a jab at late-night talk show hosts.
“The three very weak and untalented late night ‘hosts’ are ‘fighting over table scraps. Carson did a great job, it wasn’t political. I don’t know what they’re going to do in 2024 when he’s no longer President? Will be wacky in the unemployment line,’” he wrote, tagging Fox and Friends.
The three very weak and untalented late night “hosts” are “fighting over table scraps. Carson did a great job, it wasn’t political. I don’t know what they’re going to do in 2024 when he’s no longer President? Will be wacky in the unemployment line.” Michael Loftus @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
After a brief hiatus Saturday Night Live season 44 returns on March 30, hosted by 2019 Golden Globes co-host and Emmy winner Sandra Oh.
H/T the Hill
Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.