Donald Trump to Host SNL Nov. 7

 
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Promotion from Donald Trump’s last hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2004. (With Trump impersonator Darryl Hammond.)

On June 29, the good and decent management of NBC Universal had had enough of Donald Trump’s mean statements about illegal immigrants. No longer would their network associate with such a cruel, divisive figure:

At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values.

Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.

To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC.

In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in “The Apprentice” on NBC.

All right-thinking people applauded NBC’s brave choice of principle over grubby commerce. But today, three months later:

The GOP presidential frontrunner and real estate magnate will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on November 7, the show announced Tuesday.

Add the SNL gig to the viral Trump appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and NBC might be third only to Fox News and CNN for promoting The Donald’s candidacy. After all, grubby commerce pays the bills.

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  1. TKC1101 Inactive
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    I would love to make a witty, biting , incisive comment but I cannot stop laughing…

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  2. jonsouth Inactive
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    Being media types, NBC managers realize the outrage industry has a two-week attention span at the absolute maximum. Three months is more than enough time for them to find a dozen other causes to aim their social media weapons of mass indignation at, and forget what Trump even said in the first place.

    Likewise, the hunter of Cecil the Lion (whose name no-one now remembers) has also been able to return to work, as normal, with no fear of further trouble from the authorities or the screechers.

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  3. Jordan Wiegand Inactive
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: No longer would their network associate with such a cruel, divisive figure:

    The obvious conclusion is that NBC no longer considers Trump cruel and divisive.

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  4. Dan Hanson Thatcher
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    I’ll bet they treat him with kid gloves, and maybe even puff him up.  The left knows that making Trump the face of the GOP is great for them,  and the longer he stays in the race and messes up the strategy and fundraising of the other candidates the better it is for the Democrats.

    You can already see this behaviour in the rest of the mainstream media,  which lets horrendous Trump gaffes go by without comment while a much smaller error by another more serious candidate is pounced on and chewed like a puppy on a slipper.

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  5. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    A couple weeks ago Saturday Night Live had a sketch based on Trump.  I don’t remember the name of the actor who did him, but he’s not nearly as good as Darryl Hammond was.  And the members of Ricochet have written much funnier Trump-like dialog than the professional writers on SNL.

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  6. Casey Inactive
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    I think this could be “huge.”

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  7. Leigh Inactive
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    And of course this proves that Trump is a fighter. He stood up against the MSM. He won the great conservative victory — of hosting a comedy show.

    And yes, I’ll grant it proves that sticking it out against the media can work — at least sometimes. Or maybe it just proves if you have enough money and a big enough personality you can get away with things.

    Dan Hanson: You can already see this behaviour in the rest of the mainstream media,  which lets horrendous Trump gaffes go by without comment while a much smaller error by another more serious candidate is pounced on and chewed like a puppy on a slipper.

    Or letting him phone in…

    That’s true of the conservative media too, though. What Kevin McCarthy said was really, really bad. In effect — though of course that wasn’t the intent — undermining a fellow-Republican’s hard legitimate work and playing into Democratic talking points. And it was a really, really big deal.

    And then Trump describes Ryan as anti-Medicare and anti-Social Security. In effect, undermining a Republican’s hard legitimate work and playing into Democratic talking points. And… yawn.

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  8. Paul Dougherty Member
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    I would pledge my vote Trump if he goes out for the monologue, gives them the Bibi stare-down, then walk away.

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  9. Lazy_Millennial Inactive
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    As always, it’s usually a good policy to view any candidate suspiciously who’s supported by the left.  And “support” doesn’t just mean endorsed: it can also mean airtime, especially airtime that isn’t full of tough interviews and hysterical denounciations.  I’d guess NBC knows Trump will be yuuuuuuge for ratings, and probably would be ecstatic if he were the nominee.  He’ll come out of this looking charming and self-effacing, and his poll numbers will go up.  Trump always does best when it’s the one-man Trump show, and is least impressive during the debates, when he’s boxed in by other candidates with more depth.

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  10. Leigh Inactive
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    Lazy_Millennial: And “support” doesn’t just mean endorsed: it can also mean airtime, especially airtime that isn’t full of tough interviews and hysterical denounciations.

    In fact, an outright “endorsement” can be insincere. As can an attack. Take Claire McCaskill attacking Todd Akin in the Missouri Republican primary: she’s openly admitted since that was a psychological trick to get Republicans to vote for him.

    Or take Luiz Guttierez. Per Hot Air, he worked with Eric Cantor on immigration reform. And then, with Cantor facing a primary challenge from the right, he went to Cantor’s district and attacked him for being too tough on illegal immigrants. Interesting timing. Seems suspiciously like he decided to play games to let Republicans see that Cantor has the right enemies, maybe?

    So over the weekend, Guttierez decided to say nice things about Ryan as Speaker. He would never, ever go out of his way to publicly tie his name around Ryan’s neck… now would he? Like just maybe Guttierez would prefer to see the Republicans keep fighting and isn’t above a bit of trolling to help that out…

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  11. Hoyacon Member
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    Pandering 101.  The friends of my enemies are my . . .

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  12. EThompson Inactive
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    Casey:I think this could be “huge.”

    I can’t wait!

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  13. Stad Coolidge
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    Ah, the hypocrisy of NBC – at least they’re capitalist enough to know it’s all about ratings . . .

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  14. Stad Coolidge
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    Leigh: So over the weekend, Guttierez decided to say nice things about Ryan as Speaker. He would never, ever go out of his way to publicly tie his name around Ryan’s neck… now would he? Like just maybe Guttierez would prefer to see the Republicans keep fighting and isn’t above a bit of trolling to help that out…

    Or, his support was sincere because he knows Ryan is for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a.k.a. Open Borders.  Who knows?

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  15. Leigh Inactive
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    Stad:

    Leigh: So over the weekend, Guttierez decided to say nice things about Ryan as Speaker. He would never, ever go out of his way to publicly tie his name around Ryan’s neck… now would he? Like just maybe Guttierez would prefer to see the Republicans keep fighting and isn’t above a bit of trolling to help that out…

    Or, his support was sincere because he knows Ryan is for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a.k.a. Open Borders. Who knows?

    Sure, maybe a 5% chance…  Cantor’s no further right than Ryan on the issue, to my knowledge. So why is Cantor horrible and tough while Ryan’s wonderful and nice and squishy? Because bashing Cantor might help him out against David Brat (didn’t work, obviously). But praising Ryan just accidentally accents what some conservatives dislike about Ryan and just might help keep the party in disarray. He’s trolling.

    It’s not even clear he’s right that Speaker Ryan would be his best option. I don’t think immigration reform is actually the hill Ryan wants to die on.

    While I’m not prepared to defend his position Ryan’s not for “open borders.” A path to citizenship is not the same thing.

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