Donald Trump walks out onto the stage of Saturday Night Live (SNL) prepared to defend his national emergency. Except, Alec Baldwin is doing his fine impression of the president of these United States in the show’s cold open. It has been fun ever since 45 ran for election, but now Baldwin is frightened.
The notoriously thin-skinned POTUS sent out a tweet calling SNL’s skits “Republican hit jobs.” Then, the president casually inserted some powerful and scary words about the show: “retribution” and “collusion:”
‘Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!’
The episode that the commander-in-chief was referring to showed the actor doing 45’s speech on the border, the budget, and how well he is doing as president. It was a traditional poking fun at Trump’s expense, but the man currently sitting in the Oval Office — at least some of the time — found nothing funny in Baldwin’s take on him.
The next morning the president’s early morning tweets raging at Saturday Night Live. He called the show “unfunny and unfair.” As a result, Baldwin is worried about his family’s safety, asking whether the presidents tweet “constitutes a threat.”
CNN media analyst Bill Carter commented on the Sunday morning show Reliable Sources:
After a day of living with POTUS’ tweeted threat, Baldwin tweeted:
‘I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?’
What did Trump mean when he asked how the networks escaped with “total Republican hit jobs without retribution?” That was indeed, a frightening word. Then, the president added that he believed the show “should be looked into.”
Trump has long said that when someone hits him, he hits back “10 times harder.” He tried to personally influence the postmaster general to raise shipping rates on Amazon, because he did not like what The Washington Post wrote about him. Jeff Bezos owns both companies and does not interfere in the paper.
The Post has been critical of the president for not acting on the horrendous death of one of their columnists, Jamal Kashoggi. The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the man kidnapped, tortured, and dismembered.
This president has long disliked the media, calling it “FAKE NEWS!” and has incited the thousands of attendees at his rallies to attack the media. At his last rally, one Trump supporter actually did attack a BBC camera man. In a mob mentality, could POTUS truly call them off of the press?
Peter Baker of The New York Times tweeted that:
‘…no other president in decades publicly threatened ‘retribution’ against a television network because it satirized him.’
NBC and other networks have been considerably concerned at Trump’s tweet attacks on the media.
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