Whitmer gets SNL treatment: Tells protesters to stay home, where you ‘can call me a bitch from your couch’

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address, Feb. 4, 2020 | Gov. Whitmer photo

With twangy guitar and birds chirping in the wooded background, comedian Cecily Strong gave Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a sendup this week on “Saturday Night Live,” including protests to her COVID-19 stay-home order, her vice presidential chances and a few Michigan references to boot.

In the skit, a parka-clad Strong is nursing a LaBatt’s and sports a strong Michigan accent. She refers to Whitmer as “some smokeshow Midwestern governor no one had heard of up til a few weeks ago,” noting that other governors get “cool” nicknames like “Daddy [Andrew] Cuomo,” while President Trump refers to Whitmer as “that woman from Michigan.”

On the protests, “Whitmer” said, “Look, people, it’s ‘Live free or die, not live free and die.”

“Whitmer” also gave her tips for protesting safely. “No. 1: Stay home. I promise you can call me a bitch from your couch. It’s called Twitter.”

But if protesters do go outside, she urged them to maintain social distance 6-feet apart, so “if the tip of your AK-47 can touch the tip of your buddy’s AK, back up.” “Whitmer” also told protesters to wear face masks, but not Joker or clown masks or “those with a hood.”

As for being on former Vice President Joe Biden’s VP shortlist, “Whitmer” said, “If it’s gonna be a woman, it may as well be ‘that woman.'”

But she added, “My sole priority is my home state, because we’re not out of the woods. We never will be. We live in Michigan. And to anyone who stands in the way of the health and safety of my constituents, I’ll remind you. Michigan is the Mitten.”

“Whitmer” then held out her hand, showed where she lived (actually a bit higher than Lansing) and extended her middle finger. The skit ends with protesters leaving dog poop at her door and “Whitmer” threatening to throw it back.

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Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.