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.