Donald Trump may claim to be the healthiest and most hard-working president in American history but while those assertions are obvious lies, he can certainly claim the title of most thin-skinned president ever.
Amazingly our hard-working president has time to golf constantly and to watch endless hours of cable TV, even tuning in religiously to a program he claims to hate: Saturday Night Live.
As such, the morning-after-SNL freakout is becoming a staple of his administration. And today was no different.
After Saturday’s show featured another cold open with Alec Baldwin portraying the president, Trump took to Twitter to rage against SNL and “Fake News NBC!” but went beyond his professed dislike of the program to imply that a comedy show should face “retribution” for, uh, doing comedy.
He also called comedians making fun of him “collusion” because who cares about words or what they mean.
Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019
As if the fascistic overtones weren’t clear enough Trump then doubled down with a follow-up tweet, screaming in all-caps: “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019
You are a grown man. A GROWN MAN! A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER. Please start focusing on IMPORTANT THINGS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH YOUR JOB, AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT THE DRAMA CLUB IS DOING, REGINA!!!! Ffs you are so embarrassing. Smoke some weed, bruh! https://t.co/ja79xHduJG— krispy (@KrispyTacoBelle) February 17, 2019
While Trump’s toddler tantrums are entertaining in their absurdity people were quick to point out the chilling implication of a president who wants to silence comedians and the press.
The president calls for "retribution" against a comedy show that makes fun of him. pic.twitter.com/rK48lhQTxd— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 17, 2019
For people who constantly complain about 1st Amendment, right wingers sure are ready to dump it whenever they're criticized. https://t.co/HjsqtITUBQ— Steve Crain ⚜ (@stevecrain901) February 17, 2019
Dude, you're being a hypocrite. The First Amendment doesn't just apply to you. 🤔 https://t.co/mRchvDfW4L— ϟMUS16475 (@mashinbooo) February 17, 2019
This assclown would be funny if he weren't so damned dangerous.— grimcity (@grimcity) February 17, 2019
All respect to the journalists who have to work in this atmosphere. It's seriously sickening. https://t.co/fQTQrhZ8AM
Spoken like a true dictator after having a meltdown over @nbcsnl on a Sunday morning.— John Romard (@BostonAttitude) (@BobbyNaples) February 17, 2019
Nothing is more rigged or corrupted then @realDonaldTrump our loser in chief!
He can't even launch his dictatorship without failure. https://t.co/mvYS19iGJY
Fascist states get rid of independent news outlets. https://t.co/SNdKKnPvnv— Tea Harris (@SpaceHarris) February 17, 2019
You mean, you sense one-sided reporting during a parody? Like Fox So-Called- News? https://t.co/yzmMQMuE9p— ajkagain (@ajkagain) February 17, 2019
Nothing funny about the commander-in-chief insinuating govt should investigate satirical comedy. That's how dictatorships are built. https://t.co/tUUHEgZqBD— Gina D. 📎 (@GNAdv) February 17, 2019