Sean Spicer is the most recent target of ribbing from SNL, where he is portrayed by Melissa McCarthy. Apparently, the White House is not in on the joke, and isn’t taking it well.
The SNL Spicer is a belligerent who concocts facts. But according to anonymous sources close to Trump, he was most bothered by the fact that the show chose a female actor to portray Spicer.
“Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak,” said one of Trump’s donors.
Trump, who has shown a pattern of blowing up Twitter after ever unflattering SNL spot that mocks his administration, has been uncharacteristically silent after the Spicer bit aired. Apparently, the Spicer jab cut deep both with Trump and the real Spicer, who are rumored to be in damage control tailspin.
Spicer said during a Monday flight on Air Force One, that McCarthy “needs to slow down on the gum chewing; way too many pieces in there.”
People close to Spicer are trying to play up Spicer’s unlikely gameness. “He takes the job seriously but doesn’t take himself that seriously,” said one anonymous person. Another claimed that Spicer grasps that the skit, now viral, increased his public profile. “He knows that put him up on the stratosphere of recognition on a level. You’ve got to embrace it.”
Spicer will face reporters again today, the first time he’ll be back at the podium since the SNL sketch aired. He is expected to attempt to break the ice with a joking reference to it.
He’s already been trying to dig himself out of the bad reception he got when he debuted as press secretary. He made a self-effacing joke about the bad suit he wore to his first engagement, saying, “I looked at my suit choice and made some changes there.”
Spicer has the difficult job of attempting to establish a rapport with the press while also serving as hatchetman for Trump’s adversarial relationship with them. He is also spinning two plates. While acting as press secretary, Spicer is also working as Trump’s communications director until Trump finds a suitable replacement for him.
In an interview yesterday, Spicer said that he “would much rather have the focus be on the president’s agenda and the success he’s having. That’s all I’m saying on it.” When asked more pointedly what his reaction to the skit was, he replied, “It doesn’t really matter what I think.” Can you smell what the secretary’s cooking?