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One of President Donald Trump's favorite targets for criticism on Twitter — outside of the failing “New York Times” and “fake news” CNN — has been NBC's “Saturday Night Live.” With the program taking ruthless aim at him in skit after skit, the president has made sure to answer back, placing the comedy sketch show directly in his social media crosshairs:
.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
In an interview with the New York Daily News, two of SNL's writers — Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett — commented on what it was like to have the leader of the free world harshly critique their work.
According to Bennett, getting hammered by Trump is “kind of gratifying.” Additionally, the 32-year-old noted that it's “like we're doing something right if it's upsetting him.” Meanwhile, he did note that the “goal isn't to upset” the president, but instead to “make a funny reflection” on current events.
On the other hand, Mooney doesn't appear to take it as casually as his friend and colleague.
“I get a little scared,” he told the paper. “Whenever anybody says what you do isn't good, it's always unflattering and makes me feel uncomfortable.”
Mooney further pointed out that when the person taking umbrage with your work is POTUS, well, it makes him feel that it's a “little unflattering.”
While Trump has been highly critical of SNL over the past year, he did serve as guest host of the program in late 2015 while in the midst of his presidential campaign.