The website reported that the former president had attempted to sic federal agencies, including the Justice Department, on late-night comedians who made fun of him. Trump called the story “total Fake News,” but added that “Baldwin has no talent, certainly when it comes to imitating me.”
Trump added that late-night comedy was an “illegal campaign contribution” to Democrats.
But it was the conclusion of his message where Trump really went off the rails. Trump closed his statement with “2024 or before!” ― a nod to a conspiracy theory that claims he will overthrow the elected government and again take office before the next election in 2024.
On Twitter, critics had much the same reaction:
Donald Trump reportedly tried to pressure the Department of Justice to stop Saturday Night Live from mocking him. It sounds ridiculous, but it is another example of his attempt to use all powers of the federal government for his personal benefit.https://t.co/dPeznRfLIg
— Noah Bookbinder (@NoahBookbinder) June 22, 2021
The unquestioned leader of the Republican Party is a lawless, delusional black hole of self-pity, insecurity, and cruelty.
Going great! https://t.co/79PXyEKmp1
— Max Steele (@maxasteele) June 22, 2021
In true petty dictator fashion, Trump wanted to use the Department of Justice to go after SNL for making fun of him https://t.co/zwdPT9cbvd
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) June 22, 2021
Trump just publicly confirmed @maggieNYT‘s excellent reporting that he seriously thinks he could be returned to office by these kangaroo court state audits… in a statement attacking a story about him and SNL.
“2024 or before!” pic.twitter.com/KM5Nf9HRJx
— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) June 22, 2021
Is this the QAnon conspiracy theory that Trump is planning a day of reckoning known as the “Storm”, when thousands of members of the deep state cabal will be arrested and he will return to power? pic.twitter.com/uTJuDz66z3
— Michael Shermer (@michaelshermer) June 23, 2021
“2024 or before” at what point do we say that trump is planning another coup exactly? https://t.co/y73HwCScse
— Michael Leone✍️ 🇺🇸🔰🌎🧦 (@MichaelFromIL) June 22, 2021
SNL to mock Trump for Trump wanting DOJ and FCC to investigate SNL for mocking him.
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) June 22, 2021