The United States is another Saturday closer to the upcoming presidential election, which means there was another episode of Saturday Night Live to mock the whole proceedings. This week's episode, which brought back 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin for his hilarious Donald Trump impression, was pretty well received online, with one notable exception — The Donald himself. Trump tweeted what he thinks of Baldwin's impression, and unsurprisingly, it was pretty unfavorable. Trump went one step further by bashing not just Baldwin, but the show as a whole, too. However, the irony of Trump's statement is that he's been part of the show himself.
"Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!" Trump tweeted early Sunday morning. Trump seems to have totally forgotten about his own hosting stint on the show (I know I tried to), so it's unclear what part he played in the alleged rigging. Maybe the rigging started right after, but only Trump can say what's really true, right? As his opponent Hillary Clinton likes to say, Trump lives in an alternate reality, and this tweet clearly seems to be an expression of that.
Trump's comment about the show also completely ignores the open fact that SNL has rarely pretended to be unbiased. Although candidates and elected officials of both political parties have been completely fair game in the past — and SNL has portrayed Clinton as an ambitious candidate who's trying (and often failing) to be relatable — the show does tend to have a pretty heavy liberal lean, as admitted by former head writer Seth Meyers, and that's perfectly understandable. SNL's cast and writing staff are and typically have been primarily compromised of young people working in show business living in New York City — there's hardly a more universally Democratic group that comes to mind. They started making fun of Trump over a year ago when he was more than happy to endorse the comedy and come on the show, and not that much has changed in the interim.
What has noticeably changed is Trump's rhetoric about the media's influence on the "rigged" election, which now seems to include the 40-year-old variety show. Trump's belief in the Comedy Illuminati clearly indicates that he doesn't seem to grasp the concept of journalist ethics, which don't apply to comedy shows. Accusing SNL, a show that has no responsibility or history of impartial coverage of news events, of trying to rig the election is one step too far.
Trump's tweet is a little bit scary in its attempt to blur the line between reality and fiction, but ultimately, it's just another hysterical sign of how out of touch he is with the real world. SNL has never pretended to be anything other than what it is: a comedy show that's an equal opportunity mocker. Maybe instead of accusing the "liberal media" of being biased, Trump should make himself into less of a joke.
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