Sarah Cooper on lip syncing Trump: ‘I’ve always wanted to be one of those guys’ who BS

You probably know Sarah Cooper from her viral TikTok videos where she’s lip syncing the ridiculous sh-t Trump says. She’s a stand up comedian and has written two books, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings and How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings. I like her already. I’m not on TikTok but her videos are always popular when she posts them to Twitter and I’ve seen quite a few. Like every sane person, when I do have to hear Trump I’d rather see her mouthing his asinine words. She does such a great job. Sarah was on the Tonight Show, where she explained to Jimmy Fallon that she practices and listens to Trump over and over so she can get his words, pauses and breaths right. She told Jimmy that he reminds her of the guys in meetings who try to sound smart.

On how she came up with the idea for lip syncing Trump
I was in quarantine [and wanted] to stay relevant and figure out TikTok. I tried to do the dance, I couldn’t do it. Then I started doing lip syncing. Trump is on television every day doing these general coronavirus task for meetings. He’s just BSing his way through the Presidency as he usually does, but it’s just in your face every day. I’m looking at him and getting so frustrated because people are just nodding and pretending that what he’s saying is making sense. Pretending like he’s smart. It reminded me of being in the corporate world. I’d be in a meeting and a business guy would come in and he would throw around some buzzword he’d just learned five minutes ago. He would just talk and people would be like ‘Oh wow! He’s so smart. What a key team player.’

To be honest, I’ve always wanted to be one of those guys. I’ve always wanted to be able to talk my way through things and just BS my way through life. It was more like jealously honestly.

I just grabbed some clips where he’s saying something nonsensical and just pretended to be one of those guys in a meeting. ‘Hey look at me, I’m killing it even though what I’m saying makes no sense.’

On how she comes up with skits
It’s a clip I find online and I [listen to it], picture it in my head. How do I bring this to life? Shooting it in pieces helps because I can do that one little piece over and over until I get it just right [with] the words, breaths, ums, when he’s reaching for words. I love being able to really highlight and point out the subtext that’s going on.

[From The Tonight Show on YouTube]

I related to so much of what she said about men spouting stupid buzzwords in meetings and people nodding and acting like they’re saying something that makes sense. Sarah used to work in the tech industry, which is where I got my start too, and I’ve been in so many meetings like that. At one of the companies I worked the CEO used to say “synergy” all the time. Do you know those tech buzzword generators? It was like that. Anyway Sarah is doing a great service for people and I’d love to see more of her. I’m not surprised to hear that she practices over and over because she does Trump perfectly!

Here’s that interview!

I’ve been actively ignoring Trump but I’ll definitely watch Sarah.

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  1. Liane says:

    “Synergy!” — Ever play buzzword bingo in a meeting? Really easy to do now with teleconferencing being the norm. “Pivot” is the hot new business term for the pandemic.

    I love Sarah Cooper’s videos. I think they’re the only way to listen Trump.

    • Bree says:

      Don’t forget “Scaleable”… that’s my drinking word.

    • Dara says:

      We called it lingo bingo at my last job but we really only played when the CEO gathered everyone together. He was so shockingly inept, he’d string together the same five buzzwords in different combinations for 20 minutes and call it a strategic plan. Everyone who played would get a bingo in the first five minutes.

      Also – the dude barely blinked. Talk about disconcerting. Once I clocked him go almost two minutes between blinks. Thinking about it still creeps me out.

  2. Nona says:

    The one she did about the bunker may well be the funniest thing I’ve seen this century. She’s brilliant. And as an added plus, remember how much Trump hated when women impersonated members of his staff on SNL? You know it has to be driving him bat shit crazy that a woman is doing this. LOVE IT!

    • Juju says:

      Yes! The bunker video had me rolling. So good!! It’s truly the only way I can stand to listen to his voice.

    • Ardnamurchan says:

      OMG yes.
      ‘Two and a half times …’.

      She’s a genius.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      She’s so brilliant. I adore her and want all good things for her. She helps me laugh through the crisis we are in!

      There are so many times where he sniffs or shhhhhh people that I never noticed until she does her videos.

  3. runcmc says:

    I love her videos, they’re always on my for you page. I didn’t even believe they were real at first! I try my HARDEST to never listen to anything 45 says (I read it instead- his voice is infuriating). So wow…I never really realized just how nonsensical it all sounds out loud too. I was thinking with pauses and natural flow of conversation he didn’t sound as dumb as he sounds written down but nope…still dumb.

  4. Leesa says:

    She is amazing. I love that she included the 2 handed water drinking – perfectly executed.

  5. Darla says:

    I’ve become a little obsessed with Sarah, but not in a creepy way I swear. I go through her twitter and replay her videos on bad days. On days where I can’t believe we’re here. I dont’ know who she does it, but she always makes me laugh, no matter how many times I’ve already seen her video. I don’t know if it’s obvious at first just how talented she is. Her facial expressions are priceless. There’s a lot of acting also going on. This woman is amazing, and since we don’t get many good things in this time line, I am so happy we got Sarah. I hope she has a long and amazing career, she deserves it.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    She’s really great, it’s the only way I can stand to hear his awful voice.
    “How to Water” about the bathrooms is pure insanity.

  7. Sean says:

    “She told Jimmy that he reminds her of the guys in meetings who try to sound smart”

    When ever he speaks he sounds like he’s been called to the front of the class to give an oral report. Only he’s done none of the research. Probably because he only knows how to bullshit when it comes to real estate. Politics, especially the presidency is an entirely different animal. He’s completely out of his depth and it’s painfully transparent.

    • FHMom says:

      Great analogy. You know he never listens during briefings and has no insight, knowledge, or anything relevant to add, and yet he opens his mouth and speaks anyway.

  8. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    She’s absolutely the only way I hear his voice.

  9. tempest prognosticator says:

    She is a gift. Just what we needed to help us get through Trump’s reign of idiocy.

  10. Bettyrose says:

    Kudos to her for surviving the tech world and thriving. That blowhard behavior isn’t exclusive to tech, tho, and I feel like I have low grade PTSD from surviving that crap in a former workplace. Those tiktoks are a gift to us all.

  11. Marjorie says:

    She is a genius, like a Carlin/Pryor level genius.

  12. Rachel says:

    OH good ol’ Synergy! I was training a grown ASS man for a portion of my job that he was taking over. We were on a work trip to the corporate offices and after our meeting with the onsite staff he sent out an email that said that the meeting had “good synergy”. I was absolutely outraged when I read that email. What a non word!

  13. TeamMeg says:

    Love her so much!!

  14. Blueskies says:

    She is absolutely brilliant. The nuanced choices she makes in her acting are so wonderful. How To Grieve is my current favourite video, the dollar bill and the little dance, lol. The editing in the clips is so funny, too. It reminds me a bit of Robert Smigel’s Saturday TV Funhouse on SNL, the audio track running with quick flashes of outrageous cartoons. But these are all Sarah and what she accomplishes in less than a minute is pure genius. So happy for her success!

  15. Lee Cruzee says:

    She is absolute genius. I can’t wait for How to Vaccine. It’ll be ‘tremendous’.