In my write-up of Melissa McCarthy’s sketch lampooning White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer over the weekend, I suggested that this is the sort of thing that could be Sean Spicer fired, because Trump notoriously prioritizes image over substance. Spicer excels at neither, but the McCarthy sketch — which has been seen over 15 million times on YouTube alone — is the kind of thing that could define Spicer for the rest of his run as Press Secretary.
That run may not be that long. Spicer is not Trump’s favorite employee, as it is: He was not part of the Trump inner circle; he’s one of Reice Preibus’ hires. And Trump has already gotten on to Spicer about his suits, which nearly cost him his job.
Now Politico is reporting that Trump was highly displeased with the sketch:
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, where 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 Trumpworld.
The operative phrase here, of course, is that it was Spicer’s portrayal by a woman that was most problematic. So, Donald Trump thinks its emasculating when a man is portrayed by a woman? You know who would do a great Stephen Bannon impression? Rosie O’Donnell. You know who Donald Trump hates more than he loves Putin? Rosie O’Donnell. You know who is willing to do an impression of Bannon for SNL?
@calvininsf - i am here to serve - alec has trump - melissa has spice - i would need a few days to prepare - so if called - i will be ready— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 7, 2017
Make it happen, Lorne Michaels.