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.