During his time in The White House as the leader of the free world, Donald Trump reportedly pleaded with the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to intervene and stop the barrage of mocking he was receiving on Saturday Night Live.
As far as Trump was concerned, the one-sided bashing that he faced while in the hot seat was unfair. As he made clear in a tweet back in March 2019: “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?”
According to The Daily Beast, the former president took things a step further and officially asked the FCC and the Justice Department to look into some sort of mocking embargo. In addition, he also reportedly asked to “probe or mitigate SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and other late-night comedy mischief-makers.”
Throughout his presidency, chief mischief-maker Alec Baldwin portrayed Trump in recurring SNL skits. When Joe Biden was sworn in as president, Baldwin took to Twitter to announce: “I don’t believe I’ve ever been this overjoyed to lose a job before! It will be comforting when we have a President who doesn’t Tweet twice as much as I do…They’re gonna need an enormous shipment of tissues sent to Mar-a-Lago.”
Later adding, “On to my next wish. That everyone who voted in this election maintains that commitment and votes in the 2022 midterm elections. Let’s keep this going!!!”
Back in 2016, as part of his presidential campaign Trump prophetically Tweeted, “The world is laughing at us. They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity.” He used the same phrase 50 times, between 2011 and his entry to the White House and it would seem he even made the issue official therein.