Senate

Cornyn shrugs off Trump criticism of 'SNL'

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Monday dismissed President Trump's question about whether "Saturday Night Live" ("SNL") should be investigated, saying the president's tweets sometimes get him "off message." 

"Many of us who are trying to help and work with the president ... have tried to get him to put down his iPhone and his Twitter account. But he thinks that's what helped get him elected, and he likes the idea of communicating directly," Cornyn told a Texas radio station when asked about Trump's suggestion that the late-night comedy show should be probed for its frequent criticism of him. 

"But I think the volume of them and the subject matter sometimes gets him ... well, frequently gets him off message where he'd be better off staying on a more narrow and disciplined message," continued Cornyn, who is up for reelection in 2020. 

Cornyn was asked about Trump's tweets from over the weekend in which he criticized "Saturday Night Live" after the sketch comedy show aired a rerun featuring a skit depicting a world in which he had never become president.

"I don't take that seriously, honestly," Cornyn said. 

Trump, in a pair of tweets on Sunday morning, complained that "SNL" and other late-night comedy shows "can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of 'the other side.' Like an advertisement without consequences."

In a separate tweet, Trump asked, "Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?" 

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