Donald Trump Is So Mad at Saturday Night Live That He Went on an Unhinged Rant Against the Networks

He’s a sensitive guy.

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Beneath all that bluster and gold-plated glamour, President Donald Trump is a very sensitive man who doesn’t like it when people make fun of him—which Saturday Night Live did again over the weekend by parodying his declaration of a national emergency at the US-Mexico border:

SNL‘s portrayal of the Trump administration has become must-watch television. But this makes Trump very sad, and he wants the networks—in this case, NBC—to step in and make it stop. On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that it’s all “very unfair and should be looked into!”

Trump has previously threatened to sue NBC over what he calls its “one sided coverage” of him and his administration:

The president’s hurt feelings aside, some observers note that his repeated and public tirades against SNL are just more attacks against the media, which is central to the functioning of American democracy. Trump hasn’t exactly helped dissuade that fact, tweeting again on Sunday morning: “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

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