The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards started off with a political monologue and a shock appearance from former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and stayed political throughout.
Here are the top seven political moments from this year’s Emmys:
1. Spicer appeared on a rolling mock-up of the White House briefing room’s lectern and assured host Stephen Colbert this year’s Emmys would be the most watched and attended ceremony in history, mocking his first press conference after the inauguration. It was a funny moment for most, but some political reporters found the joke to be distasteful.
2. The aforementioned Colbert used his opening monologue to get in some digs at President Trump, namely at how much he watches TV. Colbert also praised first responders to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
3. Colbert poked fun at Sen. Ted Cruz’s “staffing issue” that led to his official Twitter account liking a porn video last week by saying, “Of course, these days everyone loves streaming video … just ask Ted Cruz.”
4. Colbert also blamed the Emmys for causing Trump to run for president because he never won an Emmy for “The Apprentice.”
5. Kate McKinnon won an award for her performance on Saturday Night Live, including her portrayal of Hillary Clinton, who she thanked in her acceptance speech.
6. Alex Baldwin, who won an award for his portrayal of Trump on SNL, dedicated his award to Trump and told Trump, “Here is your Emmy.”
7. Actress Lilly Tomlin took a less tactful jab at Trump by calling him a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” while presenting an award.