Sean Spicer Is Nonetheless Defending The Indefensible – The Nationwide Memo

Sean Spicer

Earlier this week, Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s short-term press secretary with a long-term behavior of sycophancy, made his debut on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

This was the premiere episode of the truth present’s 28th season. Spicer confirmed up sporting white pants and sneakers and a shiny neon inexperienced V-neck shirt with layers of ruffles to adorn each his cleavage and his arms. He regarded ridiculous, however he was so jolly and jovial, you perceive. “Courageous,” the reliably right-wing Mike Huckabee mentioned on Twitter.

Spicer served as Trump’s first press secretary for all of seven months. He kicked off his tenure by snarling at journalists for failing to repeat the president’s lies concerning the dimension of his inauguration crowd. Spicer boasted that it was “the most important viewers to ever witness an inauguration, interval, each in individual and across the globe.”

As numerous journalists famous, a time-lapse video produced by PBS confirmed in any other case. The Nationwide Mall was by no means full at any stage throughout that day, in stark distinction to Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

Finally, Spicer mentioned he regretted defending the indefensible that day. He has additionally expressed remorse for an April 2017 press briefing, by which he mentioned Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons to assault civilians, and tried to push again on comparisons to Adolf Hitler.

“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World Warfare II,” he mentioned. “You had somebody as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to utilizing chemical weapons.”

When a reporter requested him to make clear, Spicer added, “I believe if you come to sarin gasoline, (Hitler) was not utilizing the gasoline on his personal individuals the identical manner that Assad is doing.”

And so there we had been, in 2017, having to contradict the press secretary for the president of america and remind readers that Hitler did, certainly, use chemical gasoline brokers to kill greater than 6 million Jews and different prisoners in focus camps — not “focus facilities,” as Spicer known as them that day — in the course of the Holocaust.

However hey, he’s in ruffles now! Giving numerous paid speeches, and consulting, too. And in January, the Newport Day by day Information reported that Spicer had purchased a summer time residence for practically $800,000 in Rhode Island.

Most notably, Spicer is saying not one damaging phrase concerning the man he helped to turn out to be essentially the most harmful man ever to be president of america.

As Annie Karni wrote for The New York Occasions, “Mr. Spicer, greater than another workers member within the revolving door that’s President Trump’s West Wing, has turn out to be an avatar for the reputational sacrifice and ritual humiliation that include attempting to stay in Mr. Trump’s good graces whereas additionally looking for mainstream acceptance.”

That “mainstream acceptance” is the place we, the American public, are available.

What will we consider all this?

Earlier than his televised look, Spicer tweeted: “Clearly the judges aren’t going to be with me. Let’s ship a message to #Hollywood that these of us who stand for #Christ gained’t be discounted.”

Proper-wing so-called Christians often attempt to wield God as a weapon, however I’ve by no means earlier than seen Jesus forged as cha-cha-cha Christ.

Spicer later deleted that tweet.

His Fb put up, partially, later learn: “What. A. Night time. Enjoying the bongos to the Spice Women, whereas sporting a low reduce ruffled lime inexperienced shirt verify each field I had for getting out of my consolation zone. I had a blast!”

There are numerous methods Spicer might select to get out of his “consolation zone.”

He might publicly apologize, again and again, for the hurt he helped to inflict on this nation. He might use his movie star to boost cash for meals banks, to feed the hungry, or take up the reason for diaper banks, to dress babes in poverty. He might increase cash to deal with the homeless, from sea to shining sea.

As a substitute, Spicer selected to shimmy on a nationwide tv stage to gas an apparently bottomless want for cash and a focus. Spicer thinks that we — you and I — ought to discover this spectacle hilarious.

“I used to be sporting a lime inexperienced shirt and enjoying the bongos,” Spicer mentioned within the wake of withering criticism. “For those who weren’t laughing, then you will have an issue.”

There are occasions when we’ve to remind ourselves that an unwillingness to snicker doesn’t imply we’ve misplaced our humorousness.

This could be a kind of occasions.


Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist {and professional} in residence at Kent State College’s faculty of journalism. She is the writer of two non-fiction books, together with “…and His Pretty Spouse,” which chronicled the profitable race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. Her novel, “Erietown,” shall be revealed by Random Home in Spring 2020.

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