The president really isn’t going to like this sketch.
Although Alec Baldwin (and his impeccable Trump impression) was hosting, the most recent cold open on “Saturday Night Live” featured the return of Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer — chewing an allotted one piece of gum, using Barbies to explain the Muslim ban, and terrorizing members of the press with a motorized podium. It seemed designed to be everything Trump hates.
Since reports of Trump’s distain for McCarthy’s Spicer impression broke last week, rumors and casting suggestions have circulated as to which other members of Trump’s administration could be played by women on “SNL.” Kate McKinnon as newly appointed United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was an unexpected but totally welcome addition to the roster — and one that undoubtedly got under the president’s skin.
Even the part of the briefing that became a QVC-type ad for Ivanka Trump’s jewelry and accessories seemed designed to make the president uncomfortable. Not because Ivanka’s products were being advertised (Trump’s made it clear how he feels about that), but because of who was wearing them.
With McKinnon in costume as Sessions and unable to step into Kellyanne Conway’s shoes to recreate her recent breach of ethics, McCarthy’s Spicer filled that role, speaking highly of the brand in front of the press, even wearing “Ivanka’s” bracelet and heels. If Trump’s recent comments on the need for his female employees to “dress like women” are to be believed, the sight of his press secretary being played by a woman wearing heels and a sparkly bracelet must be infuriating to him.
When the most powerful person in the country is a man with a deep need to control his appearance and the appearance of those around him, sometimes the only way to remind him that the citizens don’t work for the president — and that the president works for the citizens — is to constantly refuse to comply with his demands. It would be even more hilarious if it weren’t so necessary.
Live, from 2017: Women can wear whatever the hell they want.