“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. Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?”
In March of 2019, then-President Donald Trump had just finished watching a rerun of Saturday Night Live. And while he had tweeted his disdain for the show previously -he famously took umbrage with Alec Baldwin’s impression of him-, the above tweet was the first time he seemed to be posing the question that something could be done about how they were representing him.
Today, an article from The Daily Beast revealed that Trump took it further than his tweet. According to two people familiar with the situation, “Trump asked advisers and lawyers in early 2019 about what the Federal Communications Commission, the court system, and—most confusingly to some Trump lieutenants—the Department of Justice could do to probe or mitigate SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and other late-night comedy mischief-makers.” That’s right. Donald Trump, who made no secret of his hatred of ‘cancel culture’ was looking for Saturday Night Live to be cancelled.
Trump, as one could’ve anticipated, was quick to jump to the defense after the article was published today.
“The story that I asked the Department of Justice to go after ratings challenged (without Trump) Saturday Night Live, and other late night losers, is total Fake News,” the statement reads. “It was fabricated, there were no sources, and yet the Lamestream Media goes with it.”
It is worth noting that the article published today never accused Donald Trump of asking the DOJ to go after the show, but merely look into whether something could be done about the late night show’s Trump send-ups. But the fact that the sketches in question would be no doubt classified as “satire” and therefore is protected legally and fairly under the first amendment, perhaps that’s why the former President never pursued the issue further.