Following the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, Donald Trump remained unusually quiet on Twitter.
He didn’t lambaste Alec Baldwin for making him look like a Steve Bannon puppet who lacks critical information about the world and who cannot control his emotions.
Nor did the President make any untrue statements about the show’s ratings since he took office.
Does this mean Trump was happy with Baldwin’s impression for a change? Or that he missed the Kristen-Stewart hosted installment?
Nope and nope.
According to Politico, it actually means the Commander-in-Chief was angrier and more embarrassed by the show than ever before.
Specifically, Trump, Sean Spicer and other White House officials were taken aback by Melissa McCarthy’s hilarious, spot-on impression of the Press Secretary.
As the third full skit of the night, McCarthy came out on stage – looking eerily similar to Spicer – and played the spokesman as a belligerent, gum-chewing, water gun-toting blowhard who simply hates every member of the press.
When asked about the impression by Extra, Spicer tried to laugh it off.
He said McCarthy “needs to slow down on the gum chewing” because there were “way too many pieces in there,” adding that the actress “could dial [it] back” next time.
We somehow doubt that will happen.
But Politico says this impersonation is not being taken lightly inside the White House.
The issue is less how McCarthy made Spicer look like an egomaniacal control freak and more that she made him look “weak,” simply because she’s a woman.
“Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak,” a top Trump donor tells the site.
Politico explains that the “unflattering send-up by a female comedian was not considered helpful for Spicer’s longevity in the grueling, high-profile job.”
Spicer had already been under fire for the way he dressed (from Trump) and for the way he treats the media as an enemy combatant (from the public).
He doesn’t appear to be long for this job, which probably makes him lucky.
In a phone interview on Monday afternoon, Spicer tried to act all cool and distant.
“I would much rather have the focus be on the president’s agenda and the success he’s having,” he told reporters, adding:
“That’s all I’m saying on it.”
When pressed about what his own feelings regarding the skit, however, he demurred.
“It doesn’t really matter what I think,” he replied.
Trump, of course, has laid into Saturday Night Live after nearly every episode this season.
He says the show is terrible, mean-spirited, biased and unpopular.
The President and Baldwin have gone back and forth often on Twitter, with the leader of the free world somehow unaware of how small and petty and pathetic this makes him seem.
Check out the McCarthy impression below. Pretty amazing, huh?