It was inevitable. The controversy surrounding Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, gave “Saturday Night Live” a new target — and Kate McKinnon, who had previously played Hillary Clinton and Kellyanne Conway, got the role.

“DeVos” appeared on the Feb. 4 show during a mock news conference by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, played by Melissa McCarthy.

At one point during the news conference, Spicer brings out “DeVos,” saying, “I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Betsy DeVos” — mispronouncing her last name — “so we have her here to field some simple questions, which I’m sure she’s capable of doing.”

A “reporter” asked her this: “How do you value growth versus proficiency in measuring progress in students?”

That may sound technical, but it is actually a fundamental question in the world of education and has been for years. During the real DeVos’s Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 17, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — who was an SNL player before he was a senator — asked her about it, and she looked at him with something resembling a blank stare. He said, “It surprises me that you don’t know this issue.” And then he said, “No, it doesn’t.”

That was a reference to the nominee’s inability to speak knowledgeably about a number of important education issues. Her confirmation-hearing performance, not to mention the facts that she never attended a public school, never sent her children to one and has called the American public education system a “dead end,” has led critics to say she isn’t qualified for the job.

At one point in the Jan. 17 hearing on Capitol Hill, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) asked her whether she would agree that guns don’t belong in schools. She responded: “I will refer back to Sen. [Mike] Enzi and the school he was talking about in Wyoming. I think probably there, I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies.”

At her confirmation hearing for education secretary on Jan. 17, Betsy DeVos gave some befuddling answers. (The Washington Post)

Back to SNL:

McKinnon as DeVos points to a “reporter” and says, “Yes, the man.” He asks the question on growth vs. proficiency and she responds:

Well yes, I don’t know anything about school, but I do think there should be a school, probably Jesus school, and I do think it should have walls and roof and guns for potential grizzlies.

McCarthy as Spicer said, “Betsy, that’s enough for now.”