Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dragging Him Down

Saturday Night Live’s sketches with Alec Baldwin nailing Trump may be the new normal for satirical send-ups, but last Saturday night’s portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer by Melissa McCarthy may have done more damage, at least to someone’s ego, according to Politico.

As the press secretary for a president who’s obsessed with how things play on cable TV, Sean Spicer’s real audience during his daily televised press briefings has always been an audience of one.

And the devastating “Saturday Night Live” caricature of Spicer that aired over the weekend — in which a belligerent Spicer was spoofed by a gum-chomping, super soaker-wielding Melissa McCarthy in drag — did not go over well internally at a White House in which looks matter.

More than being lampooned as a press secretary who makes up facts, it was Spicer’s portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president’s eyes, according to sources close to him. And the unflattering send-up by a female comedian was not considered helpful for Spicer’s longevity in the grueling, high-profile job in which he has struggled to strike the right balance between representing an administration that considers the media the “opposition party,” and developing a functional relationship with the press.

“Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak,” added a top Trump donor.

Trump’s uncharacteristic Twitter silence over the weekend about the “Saturday Night Live” sketch was seen internally as a sign of how uncomfortable it made the White House feel. Sources said the caricature of Spicer by McCarthy struck a nerve and was upsetting to the press secretary and to his allies, who immediately saw how damaging it could be in Trump world.

Heh.  Keep this up, SNL, and Sean Spicer will be looking to spend more time with his family and become the newest contributor to Fox News.

One bark on “Dragging Him Down

  1. McCarthy was brilliant. I think what rankles the White House may be that this is how (I have to think a huge portion of) the public perceives Baghdad Bob, er, Sean Spicer. I read today that Rosie O’Donnell is interested in playing Steve Bannon or maybe even Trump. That should make heads explode.

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