Hispanic members of Congress said Monday that Donald Trump hosting “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7 is no laughing matter.
Trump is set to host NBC’s sketch comedy program, but members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are urging the network to un-invite Trump, pointing to his “inflammatory remarks” about Mexican immigrants. “Mr. Trump’s racist remarks and his continued rhetoric demonizing Latinos and immigrants has created fear within these communities around the country, many of which are represented in Congress by Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,” read the statement adopted by the caucus Monday .
In the statement, the 26 Democratic lawmakers detailed Trump’s statements, beginning with his June announcement he was running for the Republican nomination, in which he alleged Mexico was sending drug dealers, criminals and rapists across the border.
The caucus’ statement comes after Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., wrote a letter to the presidents of NBC and Comcast and admonished on the House floor the decision to have Trump host the comedy show. His push also helped spur a #racismisntfunny campaign to call on NBC to cancel Trump’s appearance.
The CHC echoed that call Monday, asking NBC and SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels to rescind Trump’s invitation because “racism is not funny.”