Donald Trump is set to grace Saturday Night Live with his inimitable verbal carbon footprint tonight—and plenty of protesters will be there in anticipation! Starting at 6 p.m., members of Latino organizations will hold the "March to Stop the Hate," a walk from the Trump Tower to NBC 30 Rock.

The groups involved include CUNY Dreamers, Make the Road, America's Voice, The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), The Hispanic Federation, National Hispanic Media Coalition, the Labor Council for the Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the National Institute for Latino Policy, Answer Coalition, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), NYC LGBTQS Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

ABC reports that NBC has not responded to any of the outcry over Trump hosting. In addition to today's protests, there was a rally on Wednesday, official statements from various celebrity and activist Latino groups, petitions to "Dump Trump," and a $5K reward for anyone in the audience at the show who yells out "Trump is a racist" during the live broadcast.

Even with the protests planned and bounties for interrupting him, Trump feels pretty good about everything. And that's because he knows NBC cares more about ratings than complaints.

"It’s called ratings," Trump told the Post, with all the smugness of someone who has constantly been surrounded by people who find his every utterance charming. "I go on Jimmy Fallon, he got his best ratings. One of the best nights he’s had in years. Then I did Colbert’s show. That got fantastic ratings. He beat Fallon by a lot. Since then, NBC and I get along great."

Trump also explained to them that he wasn't actually fired by NBC, he just left Celebrity ­Apprentice until NBC realized he was right about illegal immigration all along: "If you’re running for president you can’t have a television show," Trump said. "NBC was not happy. They wanted to give me 28 shows. I said I can’t commit...When I announced, I talked about illegal immigration and it became a big storm. For two weeks it was brutal. NBC canceled the Miss Universe pageant. Then they found out what I said was right. The whole thing with illegal immigration has become the single biggest thing.”

He likely has a pretty good sense about NBC's priorities: "People automatically assume anybody connected to entertainment industry is liberal," Larry Sabato, a political science professor at the University of Virginia, told NJ Advance. "And they are liberal — until it comes to their bank accounts."

Trump told one of those interchangeable Fox News shows that he already has rejected a few "edgy" sketches thrown his way by SNL writers this week: "Yes. I had to," Trump said. "There were a couple that were too risqué. Because you know, the poll just came down, I'm leading in Iowa, I want to stay leading in Iowa." As for the quality of what will actual make it to air, Trump gave rousing praise: "I think some of it is going to be really great."

Luke Montgomery, the activist who offered the $5K reward, is hopeful something big is gonna happen tonight: "We're really hopeful," he told Hollywood Reporter. "I can't really tell you much more than that. We don't want to compromise any plans that are being made."

For what it's worth, even if the upgraded security at 30 Rock tonight prevents that from happening, Trump might have just given a kiss off to this presidential campaign: no presidential candidate who has hosted the show (this doesn't count one-off sketches) has ever won the White House.

As for the other Republican candidates, well, most of them have bigger problems to deal with, like Chris Christie being demoted from the main GOP debate to the undercard: "They're all adults over there," Christie told ABC when asked about Trump on SNL. "They could do whatever they want. Doesn't matter if Donald is on 'SNL' — good for him. If he has a good time, even better for him."

I already let my own feelings about this be known earlier this week, but suffice to say, NBC/SNL is clearly only in this for the ratings and publicity. Hopefully the cast and writers can pull off some subversive material standing next to him, but even if they do, they're not necessarily doing much good. As Norm MacDonald aptly put it recently:

I’m interested in politics insofar as if Donald Trump were to become president. Then I’d become political. But Jesus, this guy I would never want as president. This is like Huey Long territory. You could really see him being a fascist—the inability to apologize and the way everybody is a “loser” or a “winner.” …He says truthful things, and that’s what people like about him—but he just seems so terrible as a person.

They say humor is the ray of light that illuminates the evil or whatever, but I was reading that in Germany and Hitler times, everybody was making fun of Hitler. Every cartoon was against Hitler, there were comedy troupes doing sketches about Hitler being an idiot with a stupid mustache and what a stupid little idiot he was. So anyway, there goes that theory about the power of comedy. It doesn’t work at all. That’s seriously how I feel about Trump.