In 2014, Egyptian political humorist Bassem Youssef, often called the Jon Stewart of Arab TV, was taken off the air due to his criticism of government leaders in Egypt. When news hit the US, aptly covered on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the move was condemned by freedom-loving Americans across the board.
But yesterday, Donald Trump sent out a tweet suggesting Saturday Night Live should be canceled, after the show once again satirized his debate performance as well as the status of the women in his camp.
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
Of course, the show was funny enough for him to host it last November.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 8, 2015
In all seriousness though, Trump’s call for the show to be canceled is potentially a big deal. Donald has made plenty of remarks on the campaign trail or on Twitter suggesting he may be more interested in a dictatorship than a Presidency with separation of powers. He has shown a tendency to want to make unilateral decisions without the support of Congress, suspend due process, limit freedom of the press, and impose his will on the US. Does that sound like America to you, or the Middle East?
This is someone who either doesn’t know how our government works or simply doesn’t care. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume the latter. In either case, Donald Trump and the movement he represents pose an extreme danger to the representative democracy we have enjoyed for over 225 years.