A Hispanic Congressman from Illinois is trying to block Saturday Night Live’s plan to feature Donald Trump as a host Nov. 7.
In a letter to Comcast and NBC-Universal, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez said that by allowing the presidential candidate to host SNL, the media conglomerate is saying to America “that every hateful and racist thing Donald Trump has said since the moment he launched his campaign is acceptable and no big deal.”
“It is a big deal,” the letter from Gutiérrez continues. “He said Mexicans are rapists, criminals and drug dealers, and to be clear, when he said Mexicans were those things, he was tarring all Latinos and all immigrants … I think I speak for a lot of Americans, especially immigrant Americans and Latino Americans, when I say that if SNL is allowed to proceed, it would be a huge corporate blunder.”
Gutiérrez also plans to address the issue on the House Floor Wednesday. The full contents of the letter can be found here.
Gutiérrez’s comments come after the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda formally asked NBC to rescind its invitation to Trump. And a MoveOn.org petition asking NBC to boot Trump has garnered more than 135,000 signatures.
In June, Univision decided to not air Trump’s annual Miss USA pageant because of his comments on immigration. NBC-Universal, which co-owned the Miss Universe Organization with Trump, also severed ties with the candidate by dropping Miss USA and Miss Universe and excluding him as a host of Celebrity Apprentice.