On Oct. 13 it was announced on NBC that the GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will host “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) later tonight at 11:29 p.m., causing outrage amongst Latinos and immigrants throughout New York City and around the nation.
The backlash against the real estate magnate hosting the show again 11 years later comes from months of inflammatory anti-Mexican and anti-immigration rhetoric from the former Republican frontrunner since his June campaign speech, in which he declared his candidacy.
The news of his hosting gig spurred protests and petitions against the network and the sketch comedy show since Wednesday, Oct. 4 from advocacy groups like the ANSWER Coalition, National Hispanic Media Coalition, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, America’s Voice, the National Institute for Latino Policy, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Justice League, The National Council of La Raza and MoveOn.org. At tonight’s rally, the petition had 577,394 signatures at 7:15 p.m.
At each “Dump Trump” rally, demonstrators gathered from outside the Trump Tower on 725 5th Ave. and marched seven blocks to 30 Rockefeller Center, which is the headquarters of NBC and the home of SNL.
To activists like Karina Garcia of ANSWER Coalition, who is at tonight’s protest, Donald Trump hosting SNL is no laughing matter.
Immigrants are not your enemies and Trump is not your ally. Workers have more in common with us then Billionaire bigots like Trump…his bigotry has an impact on our community.”