‘SNL’ Scrubs Trump Promo Bashing Carson

Because of the FCC’s equal time rules for presidential candidates, Donald Trump can only appear in four seconds of each promo for his big hosting gig on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

But in one of them, he still manages to use that time to directly attack his biggest opponent: Ben Carson.

“Let me just say this,” Trump says in the spot, with cast member Cecily Strong by his side. “Ben Carson is a complete and total loser!”

As of 4:15 p.m. ET, NBC removed the ad spot from its official YouTube page. The Daily Beast has reached out for comment on why it was taken down. A new version of the video went live around 5:30 p.m., this time containing no reference to Carson.

—Matt Wilstein