Alec Baldwin hosted “Saturday Night Live” this week, but the resident President Trump impersonator was nowhere to be seen during the show’s open.
Instead, Melissa McCarthy reprised her unhinged, seething Sean Spicer character, which was last week’s most-talked about SNL moment — and an impersonation that reportedly unsettled the White House.
President Trump had been most troubled by the fact a woman portrayed his male White House press secretary, a sendup viewed by some as detrimental to Spicer’s longevity in the job, Politico reported. “Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak,” a top Trump donor told the outlet.
Well, not only did McCarthy return as Spicer berating White House reporters, but Kate McKinnon played recently-confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“I do wanna say I appreciate the fierce debate around my nomination,” McKinnon-as-Sessions said in a heavy Southern drawl. “Elizabeth Warren came in like a porcupine, but then my friend Mitch McConnell swooped in like an alligator and bite her head off. The whole thing felt like a nature special.”
Then, added the fake Sessions: “So, we all know there are two kinds of crime: regular and black.”
McCarthy-as-Spicer appeared in Saturday’s sketch to confront reporters. The character threw gum, cranked a powerful leaf-blower and plowed into the press corps with the podium. When asked about referring to a terrorist attack in Atlanta, Spicer responded, “obviously I meant Orlanta.” Then he ran down a list of terrorist attacks “you never even write about.”
“The Bowling Green massacre — not the Kellyanne one, the real one. The Horror in Six Flags. The Slaughter at Fragglerock. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Okay?! And then there is the light terrorism this week when Nordstrom’s decided to stop selling Ivanka Trump’s line of clothing and accessories.”
He continued: “That’s Nordstrom’s loss, because these are high, high quality products. In fact, I am wearing one of her bangles right now.”
A QVC-like chyron appeared on the screen: “It is beautiful. It is shimmery. It’s elegant. It’s $39.99. It is unbelievable. Unbelievable.”
In the week leading up to the episode, social media users responded to reports of Trump’s apparent discomfort with the McCarthy impersonation with suggestions for more women to impersonate top Trump officials — specifically for Rosie O’Donnell to play White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.
O’Donnell even changed her Twitter profile photo to her face photoshopped onto Bannon’s, and said she would answer the SNL call if asked. Apparently, they didn’t. But Leslie Jones did play herself in a prerecorded sketch that aired Saturday about how she wanted to replace Baldwin as the show’s Trump impersonator.