One day after the Congressional Hispanic Caucus weighed in with an official resolution calling on NBC to dump Donald Trump from this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, the GOP candidate happily announced this morning he’s meeting with show EP Lorne Michaels to “start preparations” for Saturday’s broadcast including picking the skits. “We’ll do a good job and it’s going to be a fantastic show and we’re going to have a lot of fun,’ Trump prattled on happily at a Trump Towers news conference. Asked if he would do an impression of Jeb Bush during the broadcast, Trump deadpanned that he would not because “I don’t like showing a person sleeping at a podium.”
Speaking to reporters – ostensibly to plug today’s release of his new book, the snappily titled “Crippled America” – Trump dismissed questions about planned protests of his SNL guest-hosting gig, once again explaining happily that protests are good for ratings.
(Similarly, last month, when Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends asked whether he thinks NBC would dump him as SNL host in reaction a MoveOn.org petition begun by Hispanic organizations seeking to have him yanked, Trump shot back, “If they want to do the show with one-third the ratings, they might do that.” )
On Monday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus unveiled an official resolution on the subject: “Be it resolved that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus calls upon NBCUniversal, Broadway Video, and SNL Executive Producer Lorne Michaels to disinvite Mr. Trump from hosting Saturday Night Live because racism is not funny.”
“And be it further resolved, that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges NBCUniversal to stand by its earlier commitment to end its relationship with Mr. Trump because the values of ‘respect and dignity for all people’ are more important than ratings and ad revenues,” the statement reads.
The caucus noted Monday it had received assurances in the past from NBCUniversal and parent Comcast that they are committed to Latinos, which is incompatible with “Mr. Trump’s racist remarks and his continued rhetoric demonizing Latinos and immigrants.”
The caucus was among those that had blasted Trump in June when he announced his White House bid with a speech, also from Trump Towers, in which he made controversial remarks about illegal immigrants coming across the border from Mexico. After those comments, NBC said it was cutting business ties with the real-estate mogul, including its co-ownership of the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants and broadcasts. A few months later, in October, NBC announced that Trump, who by then was the GOP frontrunner, would host SNL on November 7. Trump previously hosted the late-night franchise in 2004. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton made an extended appearance on SNL’s season opener, but did not host that night.
Already, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) has given a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives blasting NBC’s plans for Trump to host Saturday Night Live. “If Donald Trump had said gays and lesbians were murderers and raping Americans, would he get to host the show?” Gutierrez taunted from the House floor last month.
Announcing his candidacy in mid-June, Trump said the United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico, and other country’s “problems.” “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people who have lots of problems and they’re bringing their problems: drugs,…rapists… and some, I assume are good people,” Trump said.