"This is the real collusion!"
Donald Trump has called for “retribution” against Saturday Night Live, after the long-running comedy show reprised their savage parody of the divisive US leader.
Alec Baldwin donned a ill-fitting blonde wig once more on Saturday night as he parodied Trump’s decision to announce a national emergency in a bid to fund his border wall with Mexico.
“We need wall. We have a tremendous amount of drugs coming in through the southern border, or the ‘brown line’ as many people have asked me not to call it,” said Baldwin in his exaggerated take on Trump’s voice.
“You all see why I gotta fake this emergency, right? I have to because I want to. It’s really simple. We have a problem. Drugs are coming into this country through no wall.”
“Wall works, wall makes safe,” Baldwin added.
“You don’t have to be smart to understand that – in fact it’s even easier to understand if you’re not that smart.”
But only two months after claiming that the show should face legal action, Trump has failed to see the funny side once again.
“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?,” wrote Trump on Twitter.
“Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!”
Responding to the tweet, Democrat Congressman Ted Lieu said: “One thing that makes America great is that people can laugh at you without retribution.”
The New York Times’ Peter Baker also said that “it’s worth remembering that no other president in decades publicly threatened ‘retribution’ against a television network because it satirized him”.
Although now a vocal critic of the show, Trump appeared on SNL during his Presidential run – famously dancing to Drake’s hotline bling.