President-elect Donald Trump blasted late-night variety show "Saturday Night Live" after it aired a sketch satirizing him (video below). The business mogul's criticism has prompted both colorful and profane responses from cast members.
On Nov. 20, Trump took to social media to express his displeasure with "SNL’s" playful mocking of him, The Hill reports.
“I watched parts of… Saturday Night Live last night,” Trump tweeted. “It is a totally one-sided, biased show — nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?”
One sketch featured actor Alec Baldwin portraying the president-elect as an overwhelmed goofball who is in over his head after winning the election.
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The latest scene referenced Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s Broadway experience on Nov. 18, when the cast of the musical “Hamilton” addressed him directly after a performance. Trump had previously fired up his social media to accuse the "Hamilton" troupe of lecturing Pence, demanding an apology.
In the sketch, Baldwin-as-Trump told Pence he was great to have around because, “You’re the reason I’m never going to be impeached.”
Trump has criticized "SNL" for poking fun at him before, ridiculing Baldwin in particular. On Oct. 16, he tweeted “Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks.”
Shortly after Trump’s latest criticism of "SNL," Baldwin responded with an angry succession of his own tweets, CBS reports.
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“Equal time?” Baldwin tweeted. “Election is over. There is no more equal time. Now you try 2 be Pres + ppl respond. That’s pretty much it.”
The actor then accused Trump of making controversial cabinet appointments that generated “fear and doubt… You want more advice, call me. I’ll be at SNL.”
"SNL" cast member Pete Davidson offered a particularly foul-mouthed response to the president-elect, sharing Trump’s tweet on his Instagram page.
“Never been more proud,” Davidson wrote as a caption. “F*** you b****.”
On Nov. 21, former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway defended Trump’s social media habits during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“Why take up 'SNL?'” Cuomo asked, noting that the variety show has historically mocked every U.S. president.
“But why do you care?” Conway said. “In other words, who’s to say that he can’t do that -- make a comment, spend five minutes on a tweet and making comments?”