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Donald Trump was watching SNL last Saturday and he had a ridiculously sexist response to Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of Sean Spicer

A story in Politico paints an ugly picture of President Trump’s reaction to the impression. “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,” begins the explanation.

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Trump’s biggest problem with last week’s ‘SNL’ was that a woman played Sean Spicer

  • Trump is upset with ‘SNL’ again, but this time it’s because Melissa McCarthy, a woman, portrayed Sean Spicer. 
  • “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,” said a Politico report. Read more

Intended target of Yemen raid wasn’t killed — and now he’s reportedly mocking Trump

  • The intended target of a raid on an al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen, which left a U.S. Navy SEAL and 30 civilians dead, was not killed in the operation — and is now mocking Trump, according to NBC News.
  • Qassim al-Rimi, considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, survived the raid and has since released an audio recording calling Trump “the fool of the White House.”
  • “The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands,” al-Rimi said in the recording that was authenticated by military sources. Read more

Trump’s Dept. of Labor pick admits to once hiring an undocumented immigrant

  • Andrew Puzder, Trump’s pick for secretary of labor, is facing another hurdle in his five-times-delayed confirmation hearing. 
  • The Huffington Post reported that Puzder informed Senate and administration officials that he once he once employed an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper.
  • A spokesperson for Puzder released this statement: “My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S. When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status.”
  • Employing undocumented workers has destroyed nomination chances in the past. Read more
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Advanced English Verbs

Occlude - To block or stop up (a passage or opening); obstruct

Burgeon - To begin to grow or increase rapidly; to flourish

Inter - To place (a corpse) in a grave or tomb

Cozen - To trick or deceive

Ingratiate - To bring oneself into favor with someone by flattering or trying to please them

Bilk - To obtain or withhold money from (someone) unfairly or by deceit

Ameliorate - To make something better

Peregrinate - To travel or wander from place to place

Ossify - To turn into bone or bony tissue

Repudiate - To refuse to accept; reject

Excoriate - To criticize (someone) severely

Aggrandize - To increase the power, status, or wealth of

Lionize - To give a lot of public attention and approval to (someone); treat as a celebrity

Opine - To hold and state as one’s opinion

Bifurcate - To divide into two brances or forks

Lampoon - To publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm

Requite - To make appropriate return for (a favour, service, or wrongdoing)

Cosset - To care for and protect in an overindulgent way

Ms. McCarthy isn’t funny as Mr. Spicer because she’s a woman, she’s funny as Mr. Spicer because she’s made a career of playing aggressive characters who are often angry for no reason. As Megan, in “Bridesmaids,” she broke new ground as a tough, crude woman with bizarre ideas and no boundaries who nonetheless finds romantic fulfillment, and in subsequent films like “The Heat,” she’s established herself as a powerful physical comedian whose best weapon is her snarl. On “S.N.L,” as she lifts up her podium to attack the press corps, it’s clear she was born to play the mouthpiece of an administration already defined by outbursts of rage.

While her gender isn’t the center of her performance, it matters. There’s a bit of an extra bite in a woman lampooning the spokesperson of a president who once bragged about grabbing women’s genitals, and who was reportedly moved to rage last month when attendance at women’s protests around the world dwarfed attendance at his inauguration. Add to that the fact that President Trump reportedly wants his female staffers to “dress like women,” and Melissa McCarthy dressing like a man to play his press secretary feels like a particularly astute way to needle the White House.

Melissa McCarthy’s turn as Sean Spicer is a reminder that cross-gender casting can be a lot more interesting than just putting a man in a dress — and that when you’re trying to mock an administration that seems almost unmockable in its absurdity, it helps to pick the best woman for the job.

Why Melissa McCarthy Had to Play Sean Spicer,  Anna North