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Mike Huckabee doesn’t approve of his daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, getting the Saturday Night Live treatment.
After this weekend’s episode took aim at Sanders’ turn behind the White House podium, the former Arkansas governor said he felt Aidy Bryant’s impersonation of his daughter was “a little bit silly, sexist, misogynist.”
While appearing on Fox Business Network’s Varney and Company, the former Republican presidential candidate defended his daughter, saying the sketch “does not take away in any way who she is.”
On Saturday’s episode, host Melissa McCarthy reprised her role as Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Bryant’s Sanders was filling in for Spicer during the SNL press briefing until Spicer took over after emerging from the nearby bushes. “My father is Mike Huckabee,” said Bryant as Sanders. “My mother is a big Southern hamburger.” At a later point, she emerged, while eating an apple, when a reporter asked if she planned to replace Spicer. One Fox News critic accused the sketch of fat-shaming the deputy press secretary.
“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,” said her father. “Shake it off. Move on. It’s not that big of a deal.”
The SNL bit came as rumors continue to swirl that Trump is in the midst of seeking a replacement for Spicer, who continues to come under fire. Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle revealed in an interview Monday night that she has been in conversation with Trump’s administration to take over for Spicer.
Despite SNL‘s implication, Huckabee said his daughter isn’t gunning for Spicer’s job.
“She loves Sean, respects him, works wonderfully with him and has nothing but high regard for him,” said Huckabee. “So she’s happy to do what what she’s doing and grateful to be in the White House and serving this president and serving her country.”
He added, “I don’t think that somebody who is throwing a dart at her is going to distract her one bit. She’s a whole lot stronger than they think she is.”
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