“You couldn’t imagine Nixon signaling that this was O.K.”
At the time, “the media and general public still resented any hint of ‘imperial’ trappings in connection with the presidency or the White House,” Ford wrote in his book “Humor and the Presidency.”
Not every president has been so pleased with SNL, Michaels said earlier this year. He declined to say who.
Still, we’ve never had a president or president-elect be as vocal in their criticism of the show as Trump is. Of the many norms that Trump has broken this year, one is an eagerness of politicians to show they can laugh at themselves.
“I watched parts of . . . Saturday Night Live last night,” Trump tweeted on Nov. 20. “It is a totally one-sided, biased show — nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?”
Two weeks later: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad”