Mark Cuban has already started his 2020 presidential campaign, at least according to Saturday Night Live.
In the latest episode of the late-night comedy program on NBC, writers produced a sketch that mocked the political gains made by the “new” Democratic leadership in the November 7 elections. The main purpose of the sketch was to highlight that the party is led by the same out-of-touch individuals who still fail to grasp why Donald Trump and the Republican Party control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.
At the very end of the faux advertisement, the blue backdrop of the screen turns red as a written message appears with a voice over: This ad was paid for by Mark Cuban for Republican President.
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The Dallas Mavericks’ owner has never shied away from discussing a potential White House run, particularly since Trump made his shocking ascension to the office in 2016. As recently as last Thursday during The New York Times DealBook conference, Cuban said, “I think that given the circumstances, there’s a unique opportunity for someone like me who’s independent, and not affiliated to a party in any way. I think that people are looking for an independent voice. A real independent voice that has at least an inkling of what they’re talking about.
“People are getting tired of politicians and what politicians do. Whether it’s me, (Disney CEO) Bob Iger, (Starbucks Chairman) Howard Schultz or somebody else, I think there’s a door that’s wide open.”
This weekend was also not the first time one of Cuban’s businesses has been involved in an SNL bit. In 2014, the show aired a controversial sketch that matched the ABC’s Shark Tank (a show in which Cuban is a “shark” investor) with the terrorist group ISIS.
The outspoken owner has repeatedly stated that a major reason he would not run for the nation’s highest office is due to the relentless criticism and social media exposure that would be directed at his family.
Still, in that same DealBook conference, he said that he was still in the process of making a decision, but that he would need to convince his family first.
“She asked me if I wanted to stay married,” Cuban said of his wife’s reaction to a potential presidential run. While he went on to say that he doesn’t know whether he would be able to convince her of the idea, he has “a year to find out.”