Wednesday 21 February 2018

Tina Fey reprises her Sarah Palin impression for Saturday Night Live

The star appropriated large chunks of Palin's speech endorsing Donald Trump

Tina Fey has reprised her role as Sarah Palin in a new sketch
Tina Fey has reprised her role as Sarah Palin in a new sketch

Adam Boult

After Sarah Palin appeared on stage at an Iowa rally last week to declare her support for Donald Trump, the producers of Saturday Night Live knew what they had to do; pick up the phone and get Tina Fey to dust off her Palin impression for one more spin around the block.

Dressed in the same sparkly top that Palin wore in Iowa, Fey delivered a monologue that, as usual, perfectly encapsulated Palin's voice and mannerisms, while skewering the former Governor of Alaska's particular brand of folksy, populist speechifying.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016 in Ames, IA. Trump received Palin's endorsement at the event. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016 in Ames, IA. Trump received Palin's endorsement at the event. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

“They say Trump and his trumpeters are right-wingin', bitter-clingin', proud of clingers of our guns,” Fey said, in a close echo of what actually Palin said in her Iowa speech. “But he can kick ISIS ass, because he commands fire.”

“Guess what, America, I don’t really think this guy should be president,” she later concluded. “I’m just here ‘cause he’s promised me a spot in his cabinet. And I belong in a cabinet 'cause I’m full of spice and I’ve got a great rack.”

Fey first appeared as Palin on SNL during the run up to the 2008 US Presidential election, in which the politician was John McCain's vice presidential running mate.

Palin's endorsement of Trump this week was considered a major blow to his closest rival Senator Ted Cruz.

As she appeared on stage with Trump at a rally in Ames, Iowa, she told the crowd the controversial Republican candidate would "bust up the establishment and make things great again," and would "kick Isis's ass".

Mrs Palin said: "Dog gone right we're angry and justifiably so. I am here because, like you, I know it's now or never. I'm in it to win it because I believe in America and freedom.

"The US military deserves a commander-in-chief who loves this country and will never apologise for this country. Mr Trump is beholden to noone. He is not a politician, can I get a Hallelujah? He's gone rogue left and right and that's why he's doing so well.

"He's the only one with the guts to wear the issues on his sleeve. They (the establishment) have been wearing political correctness kind of like a suicide vest."

Palin is a popular figure among members of the Tea Party movement, evangelical Christians, and a large section of conservatives.

Telegraph.co.uk

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