As you likely know, barring a last minute change, Donald Trump is expected to host Saturday Night Live on NBC tomorrow. Several activists have delivered over 500,000 signatures demanding that Trump be removed as the host of SNL. As an immigrant I have been disheartened at the message that mainstream US citizens deliver through the polls that place Donald Trump in first or second place, depending on the poll. The reality is that it isn’t Trump’s immigrant bashing that resonates among the individuals being polled, but rather the façade that Ben Carson and Donald Trump have created around the notion that they are not your typical politician. Trump, more so than Carson, has been helped by his celebrity status and money.
It is the “almighty dollar” that is driving Donald Trump’s political popularity.
He has the cash to pump money into his presidential campaign. He has effectively used his celebrity to attract eyeballs to his public appearances, either through the news media or on stage. This attracts the dollar bills that entities, like NBC, are courting. It is this money that has attracted the individuals that say they will vote for him as the next president of the United States.
The funny thing is that Donald Trump is using money that has been generated by the thousands, if not, by the millions of immigrant laborers that build his hotels, serve his clients and sometimes those clients are the same immigrants that Donald Trump so obviously detests.
You see, the problem with Donald Trump is not that he wants to be president, he has as much of a chance of being president as Donald Duck has in becoming a sentient being, but in that his hypocrisy. Actually, I’d bet on Donald Duck over Donald Trump anytime. But I digress.
The problem with Donald Trump is that he doesn’t realize the hypocrisy of using bankruptcy as a business tool or using immigrant labor to make money while at the same time pontificating that he would make a better president because he has “business” savvy or that he would be tough on immigrants, those, of course, that aren’t building his hotels, that is.
Donald Trump believes he can be president of the United States because he really believes that the masses pushing yes on polls or rallying around his appearances are actually going to vote. The fact is that if a poll could actually predict an election result then there would be no need to have the election. More importantly, celebrity chasers are fickle, today they love him and tomorrow they’ll hate him when the next celebrity gets their 15 minutes of fame.
All of it comes down to one thing, the “almighty dollar” that everyone is chasing, including NBC.
NBC is unlikely to cancel Trump’s SNL gig.
However, because it is the “almighty dollar” that is driving his current fame, it is the almighty dollar that is the most effective weapon against him. I’ll be watching SNL for the fourth or fifth time in my life. Not to support Donald Trump but to make note of who the advertisers are.
Once I know who the advertisers are that are hoping to benefit from Trump’s NBC appearance, I’ll make a list and post it online with a call for other immigrants/Latinos/Hispanics and like-minded supporters to boycott their products and services.
Since it is the “almighty dollar” they want then I am going to make sure they don’t get another penny from me, or other like minded individuals. That goes for NBC as well.