There is a growing backlash to NBC and Saturday Night Live’s decision to allow Republican presidential candidate and accused “racist”, Donald Trump, to host this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.
The petitions delivered to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, home of NBC and “Saturday Night Live,” marked the latest attempts to dissuade the network from allowing the Republican presidential hopeful to host the show, with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda earlier asking that NBC reconsider the decision.
“There’s mounting evidence that Donald Trump’s racist demagoguery is resulting in real-world violence and physical and verbal intimidation,” Mushed Zaheed, deputy political director of Credo Action, one of the participating groups, said in a statement.
In advance of the show, NBC released promotional spots featuring Trump that included one in which he refers to a Republican opponent, Ben Carson, as “a complete and total loser.”
Among the growing pressure, entertainer John Leguizamo has vowed never to watch the program again if Trump is featured on Saturday’s show.