[SUNDAY FEATURE] A ‘dispassionate’ analysis of SNL’s passion for mocking Trump

By Scott D. Pierce | The Salt Lake Tribune

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump during the Its a Wonderful Trump Cold Open in Studio 8H on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018./Photo courtesy Will Heath/NBC

There’s been a lot of hyperbole and hyperventilating about President Donald Trump’s most recent attacks on “Saturday Night Live,” but I’ll try to approach the subject dispassionately.

He’s an idiot who doesn’t have the slightest clue about the Constitution, the law or how this country works.

Whoops … sorry. My bad. I tried to remain calm. But it’s hard to be dispassionate when the president of the United States spouts off like he’s the tinpot dictator of a banana republic.

Apparently, Trump watched a repeat of “SNL” last week and then took to Twitter to complain that the show “can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me) over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side,’” and then went on to ask, “Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?”

Oh, and he tossed in “Same with Late Night Shows” — an apparent reference to Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, James Corden, Trevor Noah and who knows who else.

What we have is a president of the United States who can’t take it when he’s made fun of, so he threatens government action against those he perceives as his enemies. And he has a history of making such threats against media outlets that criticize him or make jokes at his expense.


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