Following another broadcast of “Saturday Night Live” that offered a skit starring Alec Baldwin playing his version of Donald Trump, the real Donald Trump posted a tweet last night that criticized the long-running show and Baldwin’s portrayal. “Unwatchable. Totally biased, not funny...,” wrote Donald Trump on Twitter.

In response, Baldwin offered to cease his impersonations if President-elect Trump should release his tax returns. Questions about Trump’s tax returns were a recurring theme throughout the campaign season ever since the New Yorker announced his candidacy in June 2015. He has flouted tradition, but not the law, by refusing the public a peek at his financial history.

Reporters have sought to track his businesses and charitable foundation. In September, the Washington Post claimed that the Donald J. Trump Foundation has a history of accepting donations from outside sources but has a poor record of making charitable grants itself.

Then, in October, the New York Times reported that Trump had recorded a $916 million business loss in 1995 that may have permitted him to avoid paying income taxes for as many as 18 years. When challenged by Hillary Clinton at a debate, Trump pointed out that he was complying with federal tax law.

Last night, “SNL” featured a skit in which veteran actor Baldwin played Trump as focused on retweeting messages from random people at the same time that he was attending a briefing on national security. “SNL” regular Kate McKinnon, who has frequently played the role of Hillary Clinton, took on the role of Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. In this skit, Baldwin playing Trump called on Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, who is played by a hooded, silent, and anonymous figure who appears to be the Grim Reaper.



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Spero News writer 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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