A group of legislators of the California Assembly who are formed as the California Latino Legislative Caucus wants presidential candidate Donald Trump kicked off Saturday Night Live. Trump is scheduled to host the November 7 broadcast. In October, Democrat Hillary Clinton made her appearance on the decades-old comedy show.
 
On October 26, the chairman of the 22-member caucus, Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), sent a letter on behalf of the group requesting the leadership of NBCUniversal and Comcast Corp. to disinvite Trump as SNL’s guest host. The letter reads:
 
“Saturday Night Live (SNL) may be a comedy show, but inviting a host that believes the largest ethnic group in the country consists of rapists and criminals with ‘lots of problems’ is not only wrong, but it makes NBCUniversal complicit in demeaning an entire community.”
 
The legislators joined a coalition of Latino civil rights groups that wrote a separate letter to the network. The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, which includes 40 national and regional civil rights and public policy groups, was founded by Felix Sanchez. He said that the group is considering further action, such as protests the night of the telecast or calling for boycotts of the show or network. In the letter, Sanchez wrote "We are appalled that you would enable Trump's hateful speech for nothing (more) than a ratings ploy and ask that you rescind the SNL invitation." 
 
So far, the network has refused to rescind the invitation. However, in June, the network dumped the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants with which it shared ownership with Trump. This followed remarks that Trump made about illegal immigrants from Mexico when he announced his candidacy.


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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