Donald Trump Says SNL Ratings Will be "Through the Roof” with Latino Audience

Donald Trump Says SNL Ratings Will be "Through the Roof” with Latino Audience
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Donald Trump has made another unlikely prediction about Latinos.

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The presidential hopeful told Fox News’ "Fox & Friends" that, despite an ongoing petition by Latinos to push NBC to disinvite Trump from its SNL lineup, he is positive that the network will keep him on the show and that Latinos will make it one of the highest-rated episodes.

"If they want to do the show with one-third the ratings, they might do that," Trump said. "As far as the Hispanics, these groups, I know these groups, if you talk to these groups you will find, what are they looking for? It is the same all over. I think frankly the ratings are going to be through the roof. Lorne Michaels is a very smart guy, NBC are very smart people."

The GOP frontrunner is slated to host the variety show on Nov. 7, a decision that has received a lot of backlash, including from the National Council of La Raza, which slammed SNL for the choice, and half-Mexican singer Miguel, who said he’d never appear on the show with Trump regardless of the exposure or payment.

According to Trump, Latinos’ criticism of the SNL choice has nothing to do with the fact that he called Mexicans rapists and drug runners. Rather, he believes it’s about money.

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"These groups are out for themselves. I know all about these groups. I’m leading in the polls with the Hispanics. I mean, you look at Nevada, I’m leading in the polls with the Hispanics because I produce jobs, and they know it. I have thousands of Hispanics that work for me, my relationships to Hispanics is I think better than those groups," Trump said. "Those groups are looking to fund-raise … I had one of them come up to my office practically the first thing was, ‘Gee whiz would you like to join?’ I said, ‘How much is it?’ and he said, 'From $25,000 to $2 million.'"