Dozens of demonstrators protesting against Donald Trump hosting SNL

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This Nov. 3, 2015 photo provided by NBC shows, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York. Trump will host the show on Nov. 7. (Dana Edelson/NBC via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) – Dozens of demonstrators in New York City are protesting NBC’s decision to allow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to host “Saturday Night Live.”

The group held signs and chanted Saturday while marching from Trump Tower to the network’s studios in Rockefeller Plaza. They say Trump’s statements on immigration are racist and offensive. Protester Mike Bento says NBC is giving Trump a platform for “vitriolic, racist rhetoric.”

NBC has faced pressure from groups calling for Trump to be dropped from SNL over his comments last summer describing some Mexicans in the U.S. illegally as criminals and rapists. His remarks cost him his role hosting NBC’s “The Apprentice.” The network has not responded, and Trump says he believes his appearance will boost viewership of the SNL show Saturday night.

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