Melissa McCarthy, a Hollywood comic actress who has starred in “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters,” portrayed White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Wearing a slicked-back blond wig and a man’s suit, McCarthy did a version of Spicer as he conducted one of the daily press briefings at the White House. Starting the skit, McCarthy said, “I know that myself and the press have gotten off to a rocky start.” She continued, saying “When I say rocky start, I mean it in the sense of ‘Rocky,’ the movie, because I came out here to punch you in the face. And also I don’t talk so good.”

McCarthy as Spicer then told the assembled White House press corps that she would be “apologizing, on behalf of you, to me, for how you have treated me these last two weeks.” She added, “And that apology is not accepted.”

Regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, McCarthy described how the announcement was received. “The crowd greeted him with a standing ovation, which lasted a full 15 minutes. And you can check the tape on that. Everyone was smiling. Everyone was happy. The men all had erections, and every single one of the women was ovulating left and right. And no one, no one was sad. Those are the facts forever.”

Apparently confused, McCarthy proceeded to read out her own email password. She then grappled with a New York Times reporter, played by Bobby Moynihan, who wanted to know whether or not Trump had used the word “ban” to describe the executive order prohibiting travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. “You just said that,” McCarthy said. “He’s quoting you. It’s your words. He’s using your words, when you use the words and he uses them back, it’s circular using of the word and that’s from you.”

A Wall Street Journal reporter then asked, “Are you O.K.?” McCarthy pushed at the woman with her lectern and issued the threat, “I will put you in the corner with CNN.” The scene then shifted to show a CNN reporter in a cage wearing a diaper. In the past, Trump has criticized “Saturday Night Live” on his Twitter account, but did not comment on the February 4 broadcast.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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