Latino and Immigrant Groups Protest Against Trump TV Appearance

Tea Smith, Staff Reporter

Donald Trump is scheduled to host the popular skit comedy show “Saturday Night Live” this week. Not everyone is thrilled about this fact, especially not the Latino community or other pro-immigration groups. They have been very vocal about their distaste in the television show’s choice of host, calling for the show’s producer Lorne Michaels to withdraw the invitation.

Several of the nation’s leading Hispanic groups have been organizing a “Dump Trump” rally outside the studio where “S.N.L.” is filmed. They also plan to give NBC Studios and Michaels a petition with over 400,000 signatures opposing Donald Trump’s appearance on the show.

November 2nd, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has also weighed in on the situation, issuing a statement urging NBC Universal and the show’s producer to “disinvite Mr. Trump.They called Trump’s public comments on Mexican immigrants “divisive and hateful rhetoric toward Mexicans and Latinos alike.”

When Trump announced his campaign in June, NBC Universal cut business ties with Trump over his comments but “S.N.L.” has declined to make a comment.

When speaking at the Trump Towers, the candidate seemed unbothered by the situation, saying, “Oh, good, it will get even higher ratings. It’s going to be one of the highest-rated shows ever.”

This viewpoint does have some merit, as Trump helped bring record-breaking views to the first three Republican debates.

While Trump wants to draw attention to himself, Hispanic and immigration groups want to draw attention to Trump’s offensive comments.

Juan Escalante, a digital campaign manager for America’s voice, one of the groups participating in the protest said, “It is disappointing to see that Lorne Michaels and the executives at NBC are willing to prioritize their ratings over the dignity and respect of their viewers. On Wednesday [November 4th], we will raise our voices to ensure that NBC and ‘S.N.L.’ understand that Trump’s attacks on the Latinos and immigrants are not funny.”