"You are articulate and charming, whereas Sean is bullish", a reporter adds.
He outlined what could become a new plan to communicate with reporters, citing his dissatisfaction with his own press department after a spate of conflicting reports in the immediate aftermath of FBI Director James Comey's firing. I'd be very happy to see Trump go, but McCarthy's Spicer offers some much-needed comedic relief right now.
As ever, Spicer (or "Spicey", as he likes to be called) responded to questions from the assembled press corps with personal abuse, outright lies, condescendingly explanatory toys (Russian nesting dolls this time out), and, finally, physical assault, here via violently detached press room column.
McCarthy's Spicer heckled each reporter after they spoke and refused to connect the president with Russian Federation. "Because he TOLD us so!"
That would have been a fitting end, but in the "SNL" tradition of more is not enough, the 8-minute skit continues until McCarthy finds Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump at a New Jersey golf course.
When asked about why Spicer was there, Bryant-as-Sanders explained that it was just an exercise.
Politico reported in February that McCarthy's spoof rattled the White House, with sources saying that Trump found it problematic that Spicer was being mocked by a woman.
In character as Donald Trump's press secretary Sean "Spicy" Spicer, McCarthy rode a motor-powered replica of Spicer's podium through the streets of NY, hurling abuse at cars and pedestrian passers-by. Trump was the biggest doll, and smaller dolls featured images of magical dog Jake from Adventure Time to represent Comey, Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent to represent Hillary Clinton, Ghostbusters ghoul Slimer for Steve Bannon, and Pokémon's Pikachu for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
In fairness, McCarthy's depiction of Spicey as an over-the-top, buffoonish character has made me acutely aware of the concern some of my fellow progressives have about comedians' take on Trump.
To find out, McCarthy's dismayed Spicer took his moving lectern to the streets of NY to speak with Trump. "I swear I'll talk better".
"Is this like "The Godfather" where you kiss me and no one ever sees me again?"
Two sketches on Saturday mixed political zingers with risque remarks, questions about Trump's mental stability and a moment that might make its two subjects uncomfortable. Mr. Trump grabbed Spicer and said, "Sean, kiss me", and when Spicer tried to resist, Mr. Trump said, "No, I'm famous, it's okay".
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