Report: Trump Wanted the DOJ to Prevent SNL and Jimmy Kimmel From Making Fun of Him
Donald Trump has always been happy to dish out insults. The former president has always used whatever platform available to him to mock his opponents.
The former president, though, is also notoriously thin-skinned. He would use his old Twitter account to respond to nearly any slight levied against him.
And while Trump was in office, he was a frequent target of mockery. Alec Baldwin delighted on playing him on Saturday Night Live with an outsize impression. And late night comedians like Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert made constant jokes about Trump. According to a new report from the Daily Beast, the former president wanted to see if he could do something about it.
After watching a SNL skit in 2019, Trump tweeted, “It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side.’ Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows. Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?”
Trump then went ahead and looked into it. Asawin Suebsaeng writes, “According to two people familiar with the matter, Trump had asked advisers and lawyers in early 2019 about what the Federal Communications Commission the courts systems, and—most confusingly to some Trump lieutenants—the Department of Justice could do to probe or mitigate SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and other late-night comedy mischief-makers.”
As Saturday Night Live is a satire, it is considered protected speech, so Trump’s complaints went nowhere. You can read the fill report here