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SNL Audience Hopes Aliens Will Come To Abduct Donald Trump

The presidential contender's first SNL appearance aired just after "UFO" sightings swept Southern California

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Latino organizations hold a rally against Trump hosting NBC's SNL. — Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images
Nov 08, 2015 at 10:54 AM ET

Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live just after Los Angeles reported frenzied sightings of a “mystery light” cruising through the sky. Coincidence? Probably not, quipped sarcastic viewers of the late-night show who hoped aliens had come to abduct the Republican presidential contender.

Those who spotted the “UFO” might have later learned it resulted from a scheduled missile test, according to U.S. officials. But discussion about extraterrestrial life on Saturday night thrived. A Vocativ analysis of over 285,000 tweets that mentioned either Trump or SNL over the course of the evening found that an estimated 14 percent of them—40,785 tweetstalked about “aliens.”

In those that mentioned Donald Trump or his official Twitter handle alone, the topic was even more popular: About 19 percent included the word.

The most prevalent sentiment echoed that of popular singer and songwriter Halsey, whose tweet declaring she hoped aliens were “finally” here to abduct Trump was liked and retweeted more than 38,000 times.

Many others joked about Trump’s take on immigration, using the “alien” discussion to bash his controversial views, which include calls for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and comments about Mexican immigrants being “rapists.” Those offensive comments inspired a group of Latino activists to protest outside of NBC’s New York studios while the episode aired on Saturday night.

Others, though, rallied around Trump as he hit the stage, giving his campaign a quick social media boost. Thousands posted supportive hashtags including #makeamericagreatagain and #trump2016 on Twitter.