An American president will often become involved in efforts to promote literacy, but Donald Trump is the first POTUS to have his own literacy called into question by those who ask: can Trump read?
According to former “Saturday Night Live” star Taran Killam, who appeared in several sketches with Trump when the then-candidate hosted the show in November 2015, the answer is: not so much.
“The president is a moron,” Killam tells Brooklyn magazine of his experience with Trump as “SNL” host: “It was not fun, and most of the cast and writers were not excited to have him there. I didn’t get the feeling that he was excited to be there, and it felt like a move for ratings from both sides.”
According to Killam, there’s no secret, hidden Trump that he keeps concealed from the public. “He was… everything you see,” Killam adds. “What you see is what you get with him, really. I mean, there was no big reveal. He struggled to read at the table read, which did not give many of us great confidence. Didn’t get the jokes, really. He’s just a man who seems to be powered by bluster.”
Killam’s account checks out with some comments that “SNL” cast member Pete Davidson made while appearing on “The Opie Show”.
“So he doesn’t really know how to read,” said Davidson of Trump, “and he loves to improv. So during, like, the table read… before he had to read each line — and he’s the host, so he’s in everything — he would go, ‘Uhhh, I’m not gonna say this. I think I’m gonna say it the way I would say it, is that OK, Lorne?’ Everybody was like, ‘What?'”
Davidson continued his anecdote by revealing what happened during a sketch in which Trump is at Disneyland with his daughter, and the line is, ‘Alright, let’s get out of here. Turkey legs?’ Like, let’s go get turkey legs. But he doesn’t know how to read, so he goes, ‘Awright, let’s get out of here, turkey legs.’ He called his daughter ‘turkey legs.’”
“He doesn’t get it,” added Davidson. “He thinks that everyone is laughing with him, but we’re all laughing at him, and it was like, crazy. He would be like, ‘I did a good job, right?’ I’m like, yeah, yeah.”
Another person who has publicly questioned the Commander in Chief’s reading ability is Canada’s own Samantha Bee, who served up some convincing evidence to bolster the theory that Trump can’t read. Watch: