Trump says GOP should get ‘equal time’ on late night

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WASHINGTON REPORT - By Philip Marcelo

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump lashed out Satur­day against late night tele­vi­sion show hosts who have been sharply crit­i­cal of his ad­min­is­tra­tion and Repub­li­cans.

Trump took to Twit­ter to ar­gue that the GOP should be given “equal time” be­cause of the “one-sided” cov­er­age, an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion rules deal­ing with po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates dur­ing elec­tions.

“Late Night host(s) are deal­ing with the Democrats for their very ‘un­funny’ & repet­i­tive ma­te­rial, al­ways anti-Trump!” he tweeted. “Should we get Equal Time?”

Trump also sug­gested “more and more peo­ple” are clam­or­ing for more cov­er­age of Repub­li­cans, who con­trol the White House and Congress.

Seth Mey­ers, who has been among the most vo­cal Trump crit­ics, im­me­di­ately tweeted back that he’d “love” to have Trump on his NBC show, and sar­cas­ti­cally pro­vided his stu­dio ad­dress as “15 Pen­guin Av­enue, Antarc­tica.”

ABC’s Jimmy Kim­mel, an­other critic, added: “Ex­cel­lent point Mr. Pres­i­dent! You should quit that bor­ing job — I’ll let you have my show ALL to your­self #MAGA.”

And Com­edy Cen­tral’s “Daily Show” re­sponded by post­ing — “in the spirit of equal time”— Trump’s off-cam­era com­ments in 2005 to an “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” host in which he used coarse lan­guage to boast about grop­ing women.

Oth­ers pointed out that “equal time” is meant for cam­paign sea­son, not to pro­tect elected of­fi­cials from be­ing the butt of tele­vi­sion hu­mor.

“That’s not how it works. You’re not cam­paign­ing. You’re the pres­i­dent,” Mike DiCenzo, a writer and pro­ducer for NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fal­lon,” tweeted. “Now kindly stop tweet­ing non­sense and go do your job for once.”

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