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Trump Says ‘Real Scandal Is’ SNL’s Negative Portrayal Of Him: ‘Can’t Be Legal’ And ‘Should Be Tested In Courts’


Trump Says ‘Real Scandal Is’ SNL’s Negative Portrayal Of Him: ‘Can’t Be Legal’ And ‘Should Be Tested In Courts’

President Donald Trump kicked off his Sunday morning by tweeting a complaint against NBC, claiming that the network’s Saturday Night Live sketch comedy show “should be tested in courts” for their negative and “unfair” coverage of his presidency.

“A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live,” Trump tweeted.

He continued: “It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”

Trump’s suggestion appears to disregard the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

In September, Trump tweeted: “Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?”

And in March 2017 he tweeted: “The failing @nytimes has disgraced the media world. Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change libel laws?”

Trump suggested that NBC’s broadcasting license should be revoked in a September tweet.

“Sir, thank you for this Twitter-tisement for SNL,” legal scholar Jennifer Taub wrote in response to Trump’s Sunday tweet. “I fell asleep before the show aired and would have forgotten to watch had it not been for your reminder. Regarding the legal “issues” you have raised here, may I refer you to the First Amendment to the Constitution. Enjoy!”


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