Donald Trump Reportedly Sought the FCC, Justice Department to Prevent 'SNL' from Mocking Him
Published Jun 22, 2021Disgraced former U.S. president Donald Trump reportedly once sought the force of multiple federal government agencies to shut down the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live for mocking him on-air.
According to The Daily Beast, "two people familiar with the matter" have come forward with details of the former president's plot to disarm the long-running NBC comedy show, revealing that Trump asked his advisors to look into ways he could get the FCC, the Justice Department and federal courts to control what was said about him on SNL.
Unfortunately for Trump, satire is protected under his home country's free speech laws. Whether his probes about shutting SNL down were unconstitutional or not, according to one of the sources, "It was more annoying than alarming, to be honest with you."
Of course, it's no secret that old Donnie wasn't exactly a fan of the sketch show — despite agreeing to host an episode back in 2015. After taking his seat in the Oval Office and before getting banned from Twitter, his post-episode rants ran almost like clockwork.
"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,'" Trump once tweeted pre-banhammer.
In the same digital breath, he conspicuously revealed his plans to attempt an abuse of his power: "Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?"
As you probably know, Alec Baldwin portrayed the former president — rather unfavourably — on SNL from 2016 to 2020.
The series wrapped its 46th season back in May.