Canada’s government-owned broadcasting network, CBC, cut Donald Trump out of its Christmas Day broadcast of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
ComicBook.com first reported the omission, and reached out to CBC and asked why Trump was edited out of the movie.
“As is often the case with features adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited to allow for commercial time within the format,” responded the network.
PJ Media points out that the explanation doesn’t exactly add up:
Donald Trump formally announced his campaign in June 2015. The first time the CBC’s cutting of Trump’s cameo appearance was acknowledged on Twitter was around Christmas that year:
Now, either 2015 happened to be the first year the CBC broadcasted the movie, which I highly doubt, or something happened between the 2014 CBC broadcast of Home Alone 2, and the 2015 CBC broadcast. One could argue that Trump wasn’t a political figure in the public’s conscious before 2015, but years prior he had been making headlines for publicly questioning Obama’s birth certificate—so I don’t think that excuse really works. Had his cameo been cut before then, I’m sure it would have been noticed.
People on Twitter were quick to slam the network for omitting the president’s classic scene from the film.
One user wrote, “You guys are the biggest bush league “journalists” of all time. Editing out Trump’s cameo in Home Alone 2. What kind of state-sponsored bullshit it that? #Defund”
You guys are the biggest bush league “journalists” of all time. Editing out Trump’s cameo in Home Alone 2. What kind of state-sponsored bullshit it that? #Defund
— James (@Jameseast_) December 23, 2019
Another user wrote, “Cutting Trump from Home Alone 2 is disgusting & your [sic] pathetic.”
@CBC Cutting Trump from Home Alone 2 is disgusting & your pathetic
— Wrestling Fan Forever (@617WrestlingFan) December 25, 2019
ComicBook.com notes that President Trump discussed his cameo in Home Alone 2 on Christmas Eve during a Skype call with U.S. troops.
“A lot of people mention it every year, especially around Christmas,” he said. “They say — especially young kids — they say, ‘I just saw you on the movie.’ They don’t see me on television as they do in the movie. But it’s been a good movie and I was a little younger, to put it mildly. And it was an honor to do it.”
“And it turned out to be a very big hit, obviously,” Trump continued. “It’s a big Christmas hit — one of the biggest. So it’s an honor to be involved in something like that, you always like to see success.”