On SNL, Trump Sends Steve Bannon to the Basement as Jared Kushner Takes Over the Oval Office

Melissa McCarthy also returned as Sean Spicer, dressed as the Easter Bunny, to explain the meaning of Passover and clarify his Holocaust remarks.

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"Saturday Night Live" was chock-full of cutting satire in its latest installment over the weekend, as the Trump administration had given the political satire show plenty to play with in the last week. From the feud between Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief strategist Steve Bannon to Press Secretary Sean Spicer's Holocaust gaffe, SNL again pulled no punches in going after the Trump administration.

Late night comedy host Jimmy Fallon showed up to play Jared Kushner. Wearing Kushner's trademake sunglasses and the flak jacket he wore while visiting Iraq, Fallon was welcomed into the Oval Office by Alec Baldwin's Trump, "Jared, you’re such an inspiration."You have shown everybody that if you are born rich and marry my daughter, you can do anything you want."

Telling Kushner sit behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Baldwin's Trump said, "I would like you to just fix everything," before heading to sit at a smaller, child's desk.

Later, Baldwin's Trump tells Bannon, always played by the Grim Reaper to “join Kellyanne Conway in the basement," but reassures him, don't worry, "you get to come back at the end of all this and help send me to prison.”

For her part, comedienne Melissa McCarthy playing Sean Spicer as the Easter Bunny explaining Passover on was a marvel of comedic timing.

McCarthy, who won recognition, not to mention rave reviews, for her imitation of accuracy-challenged White House press secretary Spicer, was only scheduled to return to SNL in some weeks. Passover ("Jewish Easter"), the actual Easter and a series of stunning gaffes evidently created opportunity too good to miss. The real Spicer had just caused jaws to drop, absolutely everywhere, by implying that Syrian president Bashar Assad was lower than Hitler, who at least hadn't used chemical weapons. On the battlefield, that is: the WWII German leader only employed deadly gases at "Holocaust centers."

The real Spicer had to apologize, profusely, for his historic inaccuracies. SNL’s version Spicer delivered the role scowling over the podium, wearing a bunny suit.

“You all got your wish this week. Spicey finally made a mistake,” s/he sniffed, mourning the hoo-ha over that "Holocaust centers": s/he had meant to say “concentration clubs.”

The real Spicer had stated that "In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. . . . I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers." The simulated Spicer: "At least they didn’t have to fly United."

While about it, the belligerent bunny explained the meaning of Passover, helpfully featuring the elucidation “crouching tiger, hidden dreidel”. Now we understand.

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