Donald Trump Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’ Amid Protests

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Live from New York, Donald Trump hosts ‘SNL’ amid protests.

In his opening monologue as the much-anticipated host of Saturday Night Live businessman and presidential contender Donald Trump answered the question everyone was asking: Why host SNL? “A lot of people are saying Donald, you’re the most amazing guy. “I heard if I did that I would get US$5,000 (S$7,102),” said David with a shrug, echoing an offer reportedly made by pro-Hispanic groups protesting Mr Trump’s appearance. Amid high anticipation, sharp criticism and calls for Mr Trump to be dumped, the Republican presidential candidate hosted yesterday’s (Nov 8, Singapore time) SNL as scheduled. Despite a 40-year history of lampooning politicians while inviting some to mock themselves as on-air guests, booking a presidential candidate to host the NBC sketch-comedy show was almost unprecedented.

So why are you hosting Saturday Night Live?” he said. “And the answer is, I have really nothing better to do.” Trump sat out the second skit, though he opted to “live-tweet” it instead. Through letters to NBC and SNL, to Twitter campaigns decrying #RacismIsntFunny, groups like The Hispanic Federation, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have attempted to get the network to oust Trump as a host due to comments he’s made that they deem racist. Al Sharpton, in 2003 — was actively involved in a presidential bid at the time. (Hillary Clinton appeared in last month’s season premiere, but not as the host.) The Saturday TV platform granted Trump fanned the flames of outrage sparked in June when he announced his Republican candidacy for president and described some Mexicans who are in the United States illegally as criminals and rapists. A sketch revealing two years into a Trump administration had Ivanka Trump (played by Ivanka herself) as Secretary of Interior and The Apprentice‘s Omarosa Manigault as Secretary of State.

Cast member Cecily Strong played Trump’s wife, Melania. “It’s like I’m running for president,” said Bobby Moynihan as Drunk Uncle. “It’s like we have a million things in common. In Spanish, they chanted: “The people united shall never be defeated” and signs declared SNL racist. “I feel like they’re giving him a platform,” said Hazel Hernandez, 26, who emigrated from El Salvador and now lives in Brooklyn. “I’m an immigrant myself, so I’m pretty outraged.

We both love White Russians… His wife’s name is Melania, and my doctor said that’s what this mole is.” [Cue the Obamacare joke here] “These kids today, they don’t even vote anymore… All they care about is, ‘Can I eat my flaxseeds on my hoverboard?’ ‘Is this Apple Watch gender neutral?’” Hours before the show aired, dozens of protesters marched from Trump Tower to NBC’s studio in Rockefeller Plaza, chanting in both English and Spanish and carrying signs. With them, the demonstrators carried a box of 577,494 petitions asking NBC to dump Trump as an SNL host, which were obtained from the website Many cars honked in support, and a few people walking by chanted or clapped along with the marchers, while other drivers yelled things in opposition, like, “Trump is No. 1!” The eight-block march ended before 7 p.m., when the protesters reached 30 Rock to join a large group of people who were already there. For candidate Mr Trump, whose many interview and debate appearances have drawn large viewerships, a spike in this week’s SNL ratings seemed assured.

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