Just days after declaring that the United States was in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump took to Twitter to angrily complain about Saturday Night Live, and now Alec Baldwin is questioning his family's safety. On Saturday's newest episode of the sketch comedy series, the cold open segment featured the return of Baldwin as Donald Trump. Baldwin's portrayal of the president of the United States has long been one of the most popular recurring segments on the show, much to Trump's chagrin. Wearing a fake spray tan and blonde wig, Baldwin mocked Trump's recent national emergency speech from last Friday. Apparently, the president watched the sketch by early Sunday morning, expressing his disdain for SNL on his official Twitter account.
"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!"
Trump may feel as if SNL's mockery of his presidential performance is a "hit job," but it's far from unique. The long-running series has been regularly poking fun at presidents for decades, since its inception in the mid 1970's. Even some of Trump's biggest rivals like Barack Obama and the Clinton family were the source of great mockery throughout many comedy segments over the years. However, Trump does have the distinction of being the first president in history to call for a collusion investigation into a comedy television series on social media. The tweet was so jarring for Alec Baldwin, who has since responded with his concerns he has for his family's well-being.
"I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?"
It's not clear how exactly the writers and performers on SNL could be illegally colluding with an outside party to create their material. One look at social media will show that practically everyone makes fun of Trump other than his most ardent followers. Mocking the president is not something that only happens on SNL, as Trump is a common target for any comedy series that touches on current events. Satire might annoy the president, but it's not illegal in the United States of America, meaning Trump has no choice but to either accept or ignore the shots comedians take at him on various comedy programs.
NBC isn't the only network to make the president hot this week. With about 20 minute left to go in Trump's national emergency speech, CBS cut him off to air an episode of The Price is Right. The network's decision to end the broadcast came after the speech was delayed for hours and ran much longer than the runtime reportedly given to the network by the White House. CBS was the only network to end the broadcast early, and the decision was met with a lot of controversy and mixed opinions.
The feud between Baldwin and Trump continues, and it seems clear the two won't be sending each other Christmas cards at the end of this year. It's also more than likely the mockery of the president will continue with Baldwin in the role on future episodes of Saturday Night Live. You can take a look at Trump's tweet and Baldwin's Twitter response below.