Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that his daughter, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is unfazed by “Saturday Night Live’s” “sexist” and unfunny impersonation of her.
The former Republican presidential candidate said on Fox Business Network that “SNL’s” most recent portrayal of his 34-year-old daughter was “a little bit silly, sexist, misogynist.”
“But my daughter is certainly capable of handling a whole lot worse than that,” he said.
“She is a great wife an absolutely wonderful mother to three beautiful preschool children and she’s a generous and thoughtful person who is very charitable in her life, good to her friends and ultimately, here’s what we taught her, that she’s going to be judged by God, not by some not-so-funny comedy writers on ‘Saturday Night Live,’” he added.
“SNL’s” sketch on Saturday featured actress Aidy Bryant impersonating Mrs. Sanders during a mock White House press conference.
“For those of you who don’t know me yet, my father is Mike Huckabee and my mother is a big Southern hamburger,” Ms. Bryant’s Sanders said. She’s later seen in the sketch munching on an apple.
Mr. Huckabee wasn’t the only one who said the sketch crossed the line. CNN’s “New Day” host Chris Cuomo said it was “in poor taste.”
“I will say this; you guys were mean about Huckabee Sanders,” he said. “You were fat shaming her, you were talking about how she looks and what she wears. I thought it was mean, not funny.”
The Daily Beast’s Kevin Fallon called the jokes about Mrs. Sanders’ appearance “lazy.”
The “SNL” sketch also featured fake reporters asking Ms. Bryant’s Sanders if she would please replace “bullish” White House spokesman Sean Spicer.
Mr. Huckabee told Fox that his daughter has no desire to take over Mr. Spicer’s role.
“She’s not trying to replace Sean Spicer, she loves Sean, respects him, works wonderfully with him and has nothing but high regard for him,” the former governor said. “So she’s happy to do what she’s doing and grateful to be in the White House and serving this president and serving her country.”
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