Donald Trump may never host Saturday Night Live ever again. The lead contender for the Republican party’s presidential nomination got skewered last night on the comedy sketch program, not once but twice, the Washington Post reports.
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During the opening sketch, Darrell Hammond as Trump appears at a press conference that looks like a pretty obvious nod to the one the real Donald Trump gave with Chris Christie recently. In the mock press conference, Trump spoke on what seems to be his favorite topic — himself.
“I mean everyone loves me: Racists, ugly racists, people who didn’t even know they were racist, people whose eyes are like this,” Trump said, making a funny face.
But SNL saved its really hilarious jabs for a sketch they called Racists for Trump. Made to look like a political ad, it explores why Americans are supporting Trump. We soon find out it’s because they’re racist.
“He’s going to take our economy from here, to here,” a smiling man says to the camera. He then raises his arm and shows off a Nazi swastika armband.
“He’s not some cautious politician. He says what I’m thinking,” one woman says, before she reveals the KKK uniform she’s been ironing.
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The clip closes with a flannel wearing man played by Kyle Mooney carrying wood to a burning cross as the “Racists for Trump” logo appears on screen.
As Mashable notes, you’d probably be excused for thinking that this was a real political ad for the Trump presidential campaign and not a comedy sketch.
David Duke, a former KKK grand wizard, recently voiced his support for the real estate tycoon’s presidential candidacy.
On his radio show, Duke told his listeners that voting against Trump would be “treason against your heritage,” Salon reported at the time.
“And I am telling you that it is your job now to get active. Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you everyday on your chairs. When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer. They’re screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have.”
But Duke stopped just short of actually endorsing Trump for the presidency.
“I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, David Duke is “most recognizable figure of the American radical right, a neo-Nazi, longtime Klan leader and now international spokesman for Holocaust denial.”
Duke has also voiced support for Trump in the past. In August he said that Donald Trump “understands the real sentiment of America.” In December, Duke said that Trump speaks even more radically than he does and expressed concerns about his connections to Judaism that stem from his daughter, Ivanka converting to Judaism in 2009.
At first, Donald Trump did not distance himself and his campaign from David Duke’s support.
On CNN’s State Of The Union, Jake Tapper asked Trump about David Duke’s comments and Trump vacillated.
“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Trump said.
Tapper continued to press Trump for a clear response on the KKK support of his campaign.
“I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” he said. “So I don’t know. I don’t know — did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.”
Trump has since disavowed David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, FOX40.com reports.
“David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“I disavowed him. I disavowed the KKK,” Trump continued. “Do you want me to do it again for the 12th time? I disavowed him in the past, I disavow him now.”
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