President Donald Trump was widely criticized after he lashed out and called for retribution against the media following a Saturday Night Live episode in which he was spoofed, USA Today reported on Sunday.
"Nothing funny about tired 'Saturday Night Live' on Fake News NBC!" the president wrote on Twitter. "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!"
A few minutes later Trump sent another tweet in which he said, "THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!"
California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu wrote on Twitter that Trump “should read the Constitution, or get briefed on it,” because “one thing that makes America great is that the people can laugh at you without retribution. The First Amendment allows Saturday Night Live to make fun of you again, and again, and again.”
New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker pointed out in a tweet that, even though these attacks by Trump have become commonplace, “it's worth remembering that no other president in decades publicly threatened ‘retribution’ against a television network because it satirized him."
Virginia Democratic Rep. Don Boyer mocked Trump and his declaration of a national emergency in order to build a border wall, writing on Twitter, “National Emergency Weekend: golfing, stopping by the omelet station, expressing contempt for the rule of law and the First Amendment. So... just like every other weekend.”
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