Trump versus SNL: a war waged on Twitter

The simulation is truly broken.

When Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 2015, in the middle of his presidential campaign, he said during his monologue, “Part of the reason I’m here is because I know how to take a joke.”

This leads me to believe that the president of the United States has surely become a different person from the one who hosted SNL merely four years ago compared to the one who is behind the recent Tweets trying to wage war with the satirical comedy show.

President Trump has repeatedly gone to Twitter to attack SNL every time they air a skit that ridicules his job as president. Every time Trump tweets about being offended by the comedy skits, he calls it fake news.

Does Trump actually think SNL is a news show?

Surely, since he was on the set of SNL what seems like a lifetime ago, he has seen first hand that the work they produce on their show is pure comedy and nothing compared to actual news productions.

Perhaps our president sees the “news” set behind recent Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che and assumes it’s a news production. Or maybe Trump is too used to watching the laughability that Fox News has become and is mixing up the similarities between SNL’s satire and Fox News’ unreliable and biased reporting.

On one hand, our president’s establishment of a war on journalism through the term “fake news” is a battle within itself. It’s extremely mind-boggling to try to imagine any past U.S. President publicly stating “The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

Another one of my favorite Trump-authored tweets is “The Washington Post is a Fact Checker only for the Democrats. For the Republicans, and for your all-time favorite President, it is a Fake Fact Checker!”

Regardless, I fully believe Donald Trump can’t actually distinguish the fake from the real, considering he keeps calling a comedy show “fake news.” Saying this, along with all the other slander against actual reputable news publications, is too darn close to government censorship.

It is almost sad to think that our president doesn’t have the brain cells capable of taking a joke in 2019. I’m unsure of what happened between Trump’s 2015 SNL appearance and now because he apparently didn’t find the show as disgusting back then as he does now.

At least the so-called hyper-sensitive snowflakes can laugh.

Clearly, sometimes comedy just doesn’t strike the right chord with certain people, which is fine considering everyone is allowed to their own individual sense of humor. I’ve yet to figure out what President Trump thinks is something to laugh at, other than mocking disabled reporters during his 2015 campaign.

As per Trump’s Feb. 17 tweet, “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!”

Collusion can’t happen between a satirical comedy show and its audience — silly Donald.

To further the war waged on Twitter, which is supposed to be an app intended for accounts like @WeRateDogs to prevail rather than have presidents declare legislation, Alec Baldwin tossed his hat in the ring by tweeting: “I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy to the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?”

The Trump impressionist has a valid point.

I just wish our administration would focus their attention on actual political issues in our country rather than get paid to cry on social media when the president’s feelings get hurt.