Aasif Mandvi Calls on Donald Trump to Use Twitter to "Attack Hate Groups"
"We don’t want a pro forma apology extracted out of him reluctantly by a reporter," wrote the comedian.
Former Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi wants President-elect Donald Trump to start tweeting about the "hate groups" that support him, according to an essay the comedian wrote for The New York Times, which went online on Saturday.
"When the president-elect wants to unleash his disapproval, or his thin skin has been ever so slightly bruised, the people responsible can be sure to find themselves on the receiving end of a Twitter barrage like none other," wrote Mandvi.
In his essay, the comedian, who grew up as a Muslim, called on Trump to "attack these hate groups and the people perpetrating hate crimes in his name the way he attacked the cast of the Broadway hit Hamilton, the cast of Saturday Night Live, the television personality Rosie O’Donnell, Gold Star families, The New York Times, Miss USA, the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, women accusing him of sexual misconduct, protesters and the I.R.S."
Mandvi suggested Trump should use his Twitter handle to tackle the issue, not the press, referencing his "Stop it" comment to 60 Minutes about acts of violence since the election. "We don’t want a pro forma apology extracted out of him reluctantly by a reporter," wrote Mandvi. "We want him to feel so hurt and angry about Nazis using his name that he is up tweeting at 3 a.m."
He even offered up sample tweets for Trump to use. "Neo-Nazis are haters and losers. Nasty people. #smallhands #lowenergy," or, "Time to retire the boring and unfunny Hitler salute, highly overrated," suggested Mandvi.
"For now we are waiting for Mr. Trump to do what only he can do best: call out the racists and the bigots in 140-character hyperventilating temper tantrums," concluded Mandvi.
Mandvi spoke to The Hollywood Reporter back in August about the election, calling it "the most absurdist version of what you’d think would potentially happen."