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President Donald Trump is reportedly unhappy about Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live caricature of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, but the skit has inspired the possibility of a full White House parody.
McCarthy hilariously impersonated Spicer on Saturday’s SNL, complete with slick-back hair and a gray suit, in an exaggerated and comical skit that satirized an everyday Trump administration press conference in all its chaos and curiosity. Throughout, McCarthy’s Spicer chewed a full box of gum, refused to take questions, and drew a water pistol on the press.
Spicer has taken the parody in relatively good humor, joking on Monday that McCarthy “needs to slow down on the gum chewing” but that he found the show “funny.” He went on to say that while he took the job seriously, he didn’t take himself too seriously.
According to Politico, however, sources close to the president have reported that the viral performance has rattled the publicity conscious president, who was allegedly particularly displeased that Spicer had been parodied by a woman.
“Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak,” a top donor commented, alluding to the possibility that a little SNL could get the press secretary in trouble.
Spicer has been the object of humored interest ever since his visibly rushed and reactionary first appearance at the White House lectern, in which he scolded the media for reporting the disparity between the crowd count at Trump’s inauguration compared with Obama’s. At that time it was reported, a disgruntled Trump reportedly commented that Spicer should change his poor-fitting suit, which had become somewhat of a meme.
Spicer, though, should breath easy. With the success of McCarthy’s sketch on Saturday, the world apparently now want a full White House staff cast—with Rosie O’Donnell already calling dibs to play controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Other Twitter users have drafted their dream cast, with Meryl Streep as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Denis Leary as White House adviser Kellyanne Conway:
Ok, dream SNL casting:
Rosie O’Donnell – Bannon
Ellen – Pence
Meryl Streep – Putin (That woman can play ANYTHING)
Trump – the Cheetos cat
— Tessa Dare (@TessaDare) February 7, 2017
The president has managed to refrain from comment following McCarthy’s Spicer skit—his silence is reportedly a sign that it really got to him, according to Politico—but an SNL Trump administration extravaganza could really strike a nerve.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology.