Trump Triggered Twice This Weekend
Donald Trump was triggered twice this weekend, once by the actors of 'Hamilton' on Broadway, and once by SNL. He went on two more late-night twitter tangents to bash the productions. It is incredibly disconcerting that the President-elect of the USA has such thin skin. For someone who campaigns against so-called 'PC' viewpoints and vows to 'tell it like it is', the man sure is triggered easily. It is completely and totally within our First Amendment rights to criticize the President. It is tradition for SNL to joke about the President, and the theatre has always been used as a forum to analyze politics. Donald Trump needs a safe space.
For decades, Americans have turned to Saturday Night Live for comic relief. Traditionally, SNL spoofs every presidential election and continues on with the President-elect. It's as American as apple-pie, light-hearted fun at the end of a tough workweek. Unless you're Donald Trump. Then it's more evidence of a global conspiracy to denigrate him and unfairly persecute him. Trump took to Twitter for yet another 3AM diatribe to denounce the beloved sketch comedy show, blasting it for being "one-sided" and "biased". Critics remark that these comments resemble that of an authoritarian, and are not in line with the Constitution. Many people have also expressed concern at what is deemed suppression of free speech and denial of First Amendment rights.It also seems demonstrably untrue by any and all metrics.
The election is over, there's no more one-sidedness; he's the President now and we just get to critique and analyze everything be does because he's no longer a private citizen but a public servant. His job is to answer to us and work on our behalf, not bemoan SNL. Compared to geopolitical situations in North Korea and the Middle East, this is child's play. This was his choice to run for President, and along with that victory come great responsibility and transparency. Amazingly enough, this wasn't the only time the soon-to-be leader of the free world was distraught over art.
Trump also launch a twitter barrage against the cast of "Hamilton". In case you missed it, the cast of Hamilton assembled on stage and delivered a cordial message to Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the conclusion of the show. They asked Pence to please respect human rights and civil liberties, imploring him to recognize how truly afraid and anxious and nervous large swaths of the American public are because of his Administration. In turn, Trump vituperated the cast via twitter for 'harassment' and 'terrible behavior'.
It is so far beneath the office of the Presidency to criticize a theatre crew for respectfully voicing their opinions. Newsflash: conversation isn't harassment, dialogue isn't terrible. Theatre and art has always been used as a medium through which we analyze our elected figures, and is thoroughly enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution. Yet again, Trump is acting unhinged. With such ignorance and lack of experience, you'd think he'd be preparing for the immense task of running the free world. It is worth noting however, that he may simply be trying to distract away from other news. He settled his Trump U fraud case for $25 million, an unprecedented action for US Presidents.
I'm sorry that the mean ol' theatre bullies scared poor Mike, Mr. Trump. There will be no safe space for him, however. In fact, Americans will continue to protest and rally and speak out against you and all you represent. We will use art and theatre and music and literature to relentlessly trigger you. ISIS and Putin won't be so nice to you. We will tell it like it is and you will have to suck it up, buttercup.
-Adam Mantine 11/20/2016