Donald Trump’s 3 Most Important SNL Moments

November 8th 2015

Diana Crandall

Returning for the first time since 2004, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live.

Here's what you should know about it: 

1. People protested his appearance

NBC News reported on Saturday that hundreds of protestors gathered outside of Saturday Night Live’s studio in New York. Many of the protestors were Latinos, holding signs that read: “#RacismIsntFunny” and “Dump Trump.”

The protests occurred because Trump has made multiple controversial statements about the Latino community, once calling Mexicans rapists. The businessman has also proposed building a “great, great wall” on the U.S. Southern Border and making Mexico pay for it. 

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2. He was heckled. Sort of.

During Trump’s opening monologue, comedian Larry David mock-heckled Trump from off-stage, according to Business Insider.

“You’re a racist!” David yelled.

“Larry, what are you doing?” Trump replied.

“I heard if I yelled that they’d give me $5,000,” David replied.

David was referring to a Latino group from DeportRacism.com, which previously offered $5,000 to anyone who was willing to interrupt the show and call Trump a racist, according to CNN. CNN Money notes that the group still plans on rewarding David with the money, even if he wasn’t serious.

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"We are excited to reward Larry David with the $5,000 cash for 'standing up' to Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live and speaking the truth about his anti-Latino racism, even though he was joking," the group reportedly said.

3. He played it safe.

Trump told Fox News that he vetoed several proposed SNL sketches in order to “keep from offending voters” in the Iowa causes, saying that a few “were too risqué," TIME reports. As a result, Saturday's show was heavily criticized for being too bland and benign.

Trump’s appearance on SNL was surprising because political candidates usually only come on for a sketch or two, like Hillary Clinton did last month. Trump hosted the 90-minute show, appearing several times on air.

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Trump’s appearance was also unusual considering that NBC cut ties with Trump at the start of his presidential campaign because of his controversial comments about the Latino community.