In response to the President-elect’s tweet on Sunday criticizing the show for being “totally biased, not funny and saying the actor’s impression “can’t get any worse,” Baldwin wrote, “Release your tax returns and I’ll stop. Ha.”
Trump’s controversial and at times out-right false tweets have certainly made headlines since he was elected nearly one month ago, but SNL‘s most cold open on Saturday focused more on the very questionable and very real people that the PEOTUS had been retweeting. The sketch showed several different tweeters that Trump has really retweeted, including a 16-year-old high school student, a man with a profile photo featuring a skull with guns and a man thinks liberalism is a mental disease.
In addition, the 70-year-old business mogul’s tax returns have been the subject of controversy during the election. Trump has famously broken with tradition and refused to release his tax returns, saying that is unable to because he is under IRS audit. (The IRS has said that he is free to release his tax records at any time.) However, a report published by the New York Times claims Trump may have avoided paying more taxes for up to 18 years because of a nearly $1 billion loss he took in 1995.
Trump, who has hosted the hit NBC sketch show in the past, has been slamming SNL for the past month, with criticisms ranging from the late-night show somehow “rigging” the election (before he won) to continually sniping about Baldwin’s impression.
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays (11:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.