Trump ordered DoJ to sue Saturday Night Live for making fun of him, report says
Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a report that he was so frustrated with how Saturday Night Live made fun of him and his presidency that he asked if the Justice Department or some other government agency could go after him. NBC’s late night comedy show.
The former president called the report in The daily beast ‘fake news.’
“The story that I asked the Justice Department to go after the disputed (without Trump!) Odds on Saturday Night Live, and other late-night losers, is utter fake news. It was fabricated, there were no sources, and yet Lamestream Media goes with it, ” Trump said in a statement.
He shot actor Alec Baldwin, who portrayed him in the series.
“I said, however, that Alec Baldwin has no talent, certainly when it comes to imitating me. The one with what it took was Darrell Hammond, ”he added.
Trump also repeated his argument that satire programs – such as late-night comedy shows – should be considered political contributions.
“With all of that being said, however, I think the 100% one-sided broadcasts should be seen as an illegal Democratic Party campaign contribution, hard to believe I got 75 million votes (the highest number of all). presidents in office) despite all this, with a very fraudulent election. 2024 or before! ”, he noted.
The report claimed that in early 2019, the then president asked his advisers for options after watching an episode of SNL that made fun of him.
Two people familiar with the matter said The daily beast that Trump has been asking advisers and lawyers about what the Federal Communications Commission, the courts or the Department of Justice might do to investigate SNL, Jimmy Kimmel and other late-night comedians.
“It was more annoying than alarming, to be honest with you,” one of those sources told the outlet.
The other source said he told Trump the Justice Department is not dealing with these matters.
The person told Daily Beast that Trump asked, “Can something else be done about this?” to which they replied, “I’ll find out. The person clarified that they had not looked into the matter.
Representatives of neither SNL nor Trump have commented on the story.
In early 2019, Trump frequently tweeted complaints against SNL and actor Alec Baldwin, who portrayed him in NBC satire.
“Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on NBC Fake News!” Trump tweeted in February 2019. “The question is, how do networks fare with these successful Republican jobs without retaliation? The same for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is real collusion! ‘
Donald Trump, when he occupied the White House, was so frustrated with how Saturday Night Live made fun of him and his presidency that he asked if the Department of Justice or other government agencies could take it away. take on the show.
In early 2019, Trump frequently tweeted complaints against SNL and actor Alec Baldwin (above), who portrayed him in NBC satire.
Trump continued his complaints the following month. And that was when, according to the Daily Beast report, he asked assistants what could be done about the show.
“It’s really amazing that shows like Saturday Night Live, no fun / no talent, can spend all of their time hitting the same person (me) over and over again, without mentioning ‘the other side’ too much. advertising without consequences. Ditto with Late Night Shows, ”he wrote on Twitter in March 2019.
And he added, “Should the Federal Election Commission and / or the FCC look into this?” There must be collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia! Such one-sided media coverage, mostly fake news. Hard to believe that I won and that I am winning. Approval rating 52%, 93% with Republicans. Sorry! #MAGA ‘
The late-night sketch-comedy show was rehearsing at the time, but it did not dampen Trump’s anger. This episode featured a parody of “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Trump imagining his life if he had never been elected president.
The program has long used Trump as a punching bag with Baldwin taunting him as a clumsy and incompetent commander-in-chief.
But presidents, whatever their party, are often mocked by spectacle. As are other prominent political figures, such as Hillary Clinton.
At the time, Trump questioned whether the Federal Election Commission or the Federal Communications Commission should investigate.
The FEC examines inappropriate campaign contributions while the FCC pioneered the doctrine of fairness – a rule that requires news to give equal time to both parties. However, the doctrine was discontinued in 1987 and is no longer on the books. Additionally, when used by the FCC as a method of distributing TV and radio licenses, it turned out not to apply to elected officials.
In addition, ‘Saturday Night Live’ is a comedy performance and its satire is protected against free speech.
In the days following his departure from the White House, reports revealed how Trump sought to use the Justice Department as a means to punish his political enemies.
Democrats have long accused Trump of politicizing the Justice Department and using it as a weapon against those who disagree with him.
Emails released earlier this month by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee showed how Trump and his allies tried to pressure the DoJ to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Trump’s Justice Department has also subpoenaed Apple to obtain data from at least two Democrats who have served on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as aides and their family members.
He also cited data from CNN and New York Times reporters, trying to uncover their sources.
Additionally, Trump has asked his Justice Department to prosecute Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide to Melania Trump, for writing a book about the then first lady.
The DoJ has attempted to seize profits from books written by Winston Wolkoff and former Trump adviser John Bolton.
Attempts were abandoned when Joe Biden became president.