President Donald Trump is not shy about his scathing hate for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” or the golden-wigged Alec Baldwin. And one veterans advocacy group is using that famous feud to send POTUS a very serious message.
VoteVets, a political action committee that claims the backing of more than 500,000 veterans, troops and supporters, announced Friday that it will be airing an ad during this weekend’s “SNL” telling Trump to act like a “legitimate president.”
The 30-second spot features a veteran, who lost his leg during the Afghanistan War, doing weighted squats as his voiceover addresses the commander in chief.
President Trump, I hear you watch the morning shows. Here’s what I do every morning. Look, you lost the popular vote, you’re having trouble drawing a crowd, and your approval rating keeps sinking.
But kicking thousands of my fellow veterans off their health insurance by killing the Affordable Care Act and banning Muslims won’t help.
And that’s not the America I sacrificed for. You want to be a legitimate president, sir? Then act like one.
Watch the full ad below:
Peter Kauffmann, a Navy veteran and vice chair of VoteVets, said in a Monday press release that the organization chose to air the message on TV because “the White House comment line is down and Donald Trump hasn’t set up that veterans hotline he promised.” The point of the ad, the release explains, was “to get in front of [Trump’s] face.”
If VoteVets wanted to get Trump’s attention, “SNL” might be its best bet. POTUS has tweeted about the variety show three times in the past three months, mostly recently whining over Baldwin’s pursed-lip impression of him.
Even if Trump doesn’t watch Saturday’s episode, rest assured that a lot of America will be watching.
The viewership of “SNL” is now up 22 percent, compared to this time last season, and the show is seeing its highest ratings in more than 20 years, according to NBC.
So when the rest of the country tunes in on Saturday night, one question remains: Will Trump?