Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was the name on just about everyone's mouth at the Emmys last night.
The various actors, directors and writers at the Emmys couldn't stop talking about or referring to Trump, even in their acceptance speeches! The Trump jabs started within the first few minutes of the show, with host Jimmy Kimmel blaming television for essentially creating the controversial candidate.
"I mean if it wasn't for television would Donald Trump be running for president? No, he would be at home right now quietly rubbing up against his wife Malaria while she pretends to be asleep" Kimmel joked, referring, of course referring to Trump's wife, Melania. "Thanks to ['Apprentice' creator] Mark Burnett, we don't have to watch reality shows anymore because we're living in one."
And speaking of Melania, Outstanding Limited Series/Movie Supporting Actor winner Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O. J. Simpson) proved that even she wasn't safe. To start his speech, Brown said he asked Melania if she had any advice on what to say if he won, a nod to Melania's RNC speech plagiarism scandal.
The Trump discussion continued in Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus' acceptance speech, with the beloved comedian apologizing for torn down the wall (a clear reference to Trump's policy) between comedy and politics, and essentially allowing for the current political climate to exist. To drive the point home, Louis-Dreyfus insisted she would try to help "rebuild that wall" and "make Mexico pay for it."
Then there was Aziz Ansari, who said before presenting an Emmy that he was behind Trump and suggested to "get rid of all Muslim and Hispanic nominees from the ceremony immediately." While the audience didn't exactly sound comfortable with this joke, Ansari followed it up with a jab at the Academy Awards, saying, it would be "so much easier if we were at the Oscars."
Backstage, Outstanding Comedy Directing winner Jill Soloway (Transparent) compared Trump to Adolf Hitler, stating, "So Jews were otherized in Nazi Germany to gain political power for Hitler, and right now Donald Trump is doing the same thing."
Trump has an complicated history with the Emmys, stemming back to his show, The Apprentice, being nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program back in 2004. The bombastic businessman's show ending up losing to CBS's The Amazing Race. The show was nominated again in 2005, where it lost again to The Amazing Race, a fact that has plagued him for over a decade.
"I got screwed out of an Emmy," Trump said last year in a Celebrity Apprentice episode. "Everybody thought I was gonna win it [in 2004]. In fact, when they announced the winner, I stood up before the winner was announced. And I started walking for the Emmy. And then they announced the most boring show on television, [CBS'] 'The Amazing Race'. Piece of crap."
Almost every year, Trump has tweeted negatively about the Emmys. The reality star remains a member of the Television Academy, which votes on the awards, and it can probably be assumed that if he does vote, there's one CBS show in particular he leaves off his ballot every year.