The website reported that the former president attempted to sic federal agencies, including the Justice Department, on late-night comedians making 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 the late-night comedy was an “illegal campaign contribution” to Democrats.
But that was the conclusion of his post 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 return to office before the next election in 2024.
On Twitter, critics had roughly the same reaction:
Donald Trump allegedly tried to pressure the Justice Department to prevent Saturday Night Live from making fun of him. It sounds ridiculous, but it is another example of his attempt to use all the powers of the federal government to his personal advantage.https: //t.co/dPeznRfLIg
– Noah Bookbinder (@NoahBookbinder) June 22, 2021
The undisputed leader of the Republican Party is a lawless, delusional black hole of self-pity, insecurity and cruelty.
I’m very good ! https://t.co/79PXyEKmp1
– Max Steele (@maxasteele) June 22, 2021
Like a real little dictator, Trump wanted to use the Justice Department to sue SNL for making fun of him https://t.co/zwdPT9cbvd
– Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) June 22, 2021
Trump has just publicly confirmed @maggieNYTIt’s an excellent report that he seriously thinks he could be returned to power 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
2024 … or before?
Is it the QAnon conspiracy theory that Trump is planning a day of judgment known as the “Storm,” when thousands of members of the Deep State cabal will be arrested and he returns to power? pic.twitter.com/uTJuDz66z3
– Michael Shermer (@michaelshermer) June 23, 2021
“2024 or before” when do we say exactly Trump is planning another coup? https://t.co/y73HwCScse
– Michael Leone✍️ 🇺🇸🔰🌎🧦 (@MichaelFromIL) June 22, 2021
SNL mocks Trump so that Trump wants the DOJ and FCC to investigate SNL for mocking him.
– Frankly (@ Out5p0ken) June 22, 2021