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Saturday Night Live Roasts White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Donald Trump has been providing comedians in general, and Saturday Night Live in particular, with material for decades. Now, his Administration is helping comedians worldwide on a daily basis. Last night, it was Press Secretary Sean Spicer who came into focus for grilling, with Melissa McCarthy portraying him:

Nicely played SNL. Nicely played.

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About Doug Mataconis
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

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  1. al-Ameda says:

    I must to admit, Spicer seems to me to be in over his head. He seems to have an angry-deer-in-the-headlights look and demeanor.

    To be fair, his position is unenviable at best – he has to either represent or misrepresent the words of an extremely impulsive and unthoughtful boss. He should get out while he has a chance to rebuild his career.

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  2. @al-Ameda:

    He does not seem comfortable in attack dog mode like Trump obviously wants him to be. For years he was spokesperson for the RNC and, before that, a variety of GOP Members and Committees in the House of Representatives. He’s had a fairly good reputation around town as far as I know. At this point, he’s managed to piss a lot of that away over the course of two weeks thanks largely to the fact that he’s working for a guy who’s largely impossible to defend with a straight face.

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  3. Hal_10000 says:

    McCarthy always cracks me up. She did a sketch about a basketball coach a a few years back that was one of the funniest things SNL has ever done. This one literally made me laugh out loud with the squirt gun.

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  4. Mr. Bluster says:

    …he has to either represent or misrepresent the words of an extremely impulsive and unthoughtful boss.

    The President is aware of what is going on. That is not to say that something is going on.
    Ron Ziegler (dead at 63)

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  5. MarkedMan says:

    I’ve never bothered to watch Spicer deliver the Trump lies of the day so I dont know how accurate her portrayal is, but with that caveat, McCarthy is a comic master. I laughed out loud the first time, then again when I showed it to my wife and again when I showed it to my son.

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  6. gVOR08 says:

    Seems kind of mean to do that in Sean Spicer’s last month as Press Secretary.

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  7. Gustopher says:

    @Doug Mataconis:

    At this point, he’s managed to piss a lot of that away over the course of two weeks thanks largely to the fact that he’s working for a guy who’s largely impossible to defend with a straight face.

    You really have to wonder what the guy expected when he took this job. Is it that he is a true believer, does he hate himself, or is this simply the single most challenging job in his field?

    Anyway, he has no one to blame but himself when he finds that he is so tainted that no one wants him to speak for them in the future.

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  8. Mr. Bluster says:

    Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer’s Love Child…

    http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/5894bed26e09a8f2208b4d28-900

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  9. gVOR08 says:

    @Gustopher:

    Anyway, he has no one to blame but himself when he finds that he is so tainted that no one wants him to speak for them in the future.

    Something like that seems to eventually happen to anyone associated with Trump. And now we’re all forced into association with him. Thanks Republicans.

    I doubt even Bannon will come out of this whole.

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  10. Argon says:

    What are the betting pools for how much longer Spicer will remain as Press Secretary. That has to be a completely soul-stealing position in this administration (-resuming the person had one prior)

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  11. gVOR08 says:

    Very funny and great imitation. But she had a lot nicer ill fitting gray suit than Spicer’s.

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  12. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    @Mr. Bluster: Wow! I had forgotten that one. A classic circumlocution! Thanks!

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  13. Mr. Bluster says:

    circumlocute this:

    This is the operative statement. The others are inoperative.

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  14. Anonne says:

    I don’t think anything is going to happen to Sean Spicer. People may not respect his ability to lie like a dog in front of everyone but there is value in having people as soulless as him and Kellyanne Conway to spin bs, lies and propaganda. I don’t think this will harm his career at all. He’s showing he’s a team guy.

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  15. rachel says:

    @gVOR08: I noticed back during the campaign that there are two kinds of people who make deals with Boss Tweet: those who’ve come to regret it and those who’re gonna regret it.

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  16. SKI says:

    @Doug Mataconis:

    He does not seem comfortable in attack dog mode like Trump obviously wants him to be.

    Don’t be so sure. He certainly was comfortable in that role back in college. He literally would bring fellow students to tears in discussions at Student Governance Assembly.

    Yes, he and I went to school together. I’ll just say that the current version we see is very familiar – while acknowledging that his performance in DC previously was less loathsome.

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  17. MarkedMan says:

    @Anonne:

    I don’t think this will harm his career at all. He’s showing he’s a team guy.

    As long as there is a Fox News he’ll have a soft landing.

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  18. Gromitt Gunn says:

    I was chuckling quietly throughout.

    Radical Moose Lamb made me laugh out loud.

    I lost it when she started using the podium as a battering ram.

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  19. Dazedandconfused says:

    Making SNL great again.

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  20. Jen says:

    Politico is reporting that one of the things that really seemed to bug the White House was that it was a woman who was tapped to portray Spicer. This makes me wonder if it’s now more likely that SNL will take Rosie O’Donnell up on her offer to portray Bannon.

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  21. Tony W says:

    @Jen: I still think it’s better to have Rosie play Trump, on television, with Alec Baldwin watching and responding via Twitter.

    Then again, maybe Rosie could play both Trump and President Bannon at the same time.

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