Avengers: Endgame star Don Cheadle wore a Soviet Union hockey jersey at the end of Saturday Night Live. When the back was revealed, it showed the number 45 with Donald Trump's name on it. Additionally, while announcing musical guest Gary Clarke Jr., Cheadle wore a t-shirt that said, "Protect Trans Kids." The actor is very active on social media and he is not afraid to post his political views and share them with fans or even trolls. The actor has a long history of social activism and has worked with the UN.
Don Cheadle's red-and-white Soviet Union jersey with "Trump" and the number "45" on the back is in reference to Donald Trump and his administration's alleged ties to Russia. Trump denies that he had any dealings with Vladimir Putin and Russia during the 2016 election campaign and claims that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is a "witch hunt" invented by angry democrats. Cheadle's choice of wardrobe for the evening was a bold move that leaves no question about his feeling about the 45th President of the United States.
Earlier in the SNL broadcast, Don Cheadle wore a simple t-shirt that reads, "Protect Trans Kids." Donald Trump has been criticized for pursuing policies that are harmful for the transgender community. Both clothing choices are a statement on today's divisive political climate and said choices are either receiving praise or anger, depending on the political belief. One person who definitely was not happy about last night's episode is president Trump, who quickly tweeted his feelings about the show and NBC in general. He had this to say.
"Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!"
Minutes after tweeting his first opinion on Don Cheadle's SNL episode, Donald Trump followed up with another tweet, which reads, "The rigged and corrupt media is the enemy of the people!" Trump wrote the tweet in all capital letters to emphasize his displeasure with the sketch comedy show. As of this writing, Trump's first tweet has over 81,000 likes, while the second has over 143,000 likes. As with most actors who make political statements, Cheadle is being criticized for doing so by some fans who just want to go see him as War Machine.
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th and Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are starting to get pretty antsy, even after Don Cheadle's political statements. The actor has been a long-time social activist and it doesn't look like he's going to change that any time soon, even as he gets ready to go out and promote the most anticipated movie of 2019. You can check out Don Cheadle's wardrobe protests below, thanks to Saturday Night Live.
Don Cheadle wore a Soviet Union hockey jersey with “Trump” and “45” on the back at the end of SNL after hosting. Shade level: Masterful pic.twitter.com/hrDjPRulXy— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 17, 2019
Last night on #SNL Don Cheadle wore a #ProtectTransKids shirt and a Russian Trump jersey.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) February 17, 2019
He continues to show that he is truly the real deal, and simply a great person. Great way to use your platform, @DonCheadle. pic.twitter.com/cU0vn3uDf3