CNN’s Alisyn Camerota Pushes Back on Trump’s SNL Threat: ‘Do Not Mess With Our Comedy’
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and John Berman took turns mocking President Donald Trump today after he suggested NBC’s Saturday Night Live is breaking the law by ridiculing him and his administration, advising him to “not mess with our comedy.”
Trump, who demanded SNL‘s free speech rights be “tested in courts,” went off on the show after they aired a skit on Saturday parodying It’s A Wonderful Life, but instead of George Bailey realizing what life on earth would be like without him, the president got to see what life would be like if Hillary Clinton was elected instead of him.
“A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live,” the president tweeted over the weekend. “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?”
A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. 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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
“It’s actually not news, but go on,” Camerota said in response to Trump’s tweet, which put Berman in a feigned shock: “It’s not news?! It’s a comedy show?”
Camerota went on to explain why SNL is such an important American institution to her:
“I am at my most patriotic when I watch Saturday Night Live, and I’ve always felt this way, in high school, in college, I remember having the epiphany of, wait a second, we live in a country where comedians can mercilessly make fun of our presidents, and I’ve felt this way for decades. How great is this country that we live in. I’m sorry, you cannot take that away. You can take issue, President Trump, with the Fourth Amendment as you did this weekend, or the criminal justice system, but do not mess with our comedy.”
Berman concluded the segment by sarcastically suggesting that Trump “join the lawsuit that Bill Clinton has against Darrell Hammond.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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