Latino protesters have marched in New York as Donald Trump presented the NBC’s Saturday Night Live show.
Donald Trump became the seventh presidential hopeful to host the NBC show, five months after the network dropped him after he made derogatory statements about immigrants.
Groups marched to NBC’s studios, criticizing the network.
Donald Trump’s opening monologue on the show made light of the protests.
When he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump described Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug smugglers.
Soon afterwards, NBC dropped the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants co-owned by Donald Trump, saying “respect and dignity for all people” were “cornerstones of our values”.
However, NBC announced last month that Donald Trump would return to the airwaves for a one-off appearance on SNL.
He had previously hosted the show in 2004.
Donald Trump told the audience in New York that he was there “to show I can take a joke”.
While Donald Trump’s campaign officials have not commented on the protest, he said in June that he was on good terms with his Hispanic employees and that “Latinos love Trump, and I love them”.
In the opening sketch of Saturday night’s show, Donald Trump was heckled by a man calling him racist – only for it to emerge that the voice belonged to Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David.
“I heard if I did that I would get $5,000,” Larry David said, referring to an offer made by a Latino rights group to any potential hecklers.
“As a businessman, I can fully respect that,” Donald Trump replied.