The last six months, one day and frankly I’m not sure how many hours (I just know it was too damn many), the press has had to deal with a — well simply put — asshat for a press secretary.
Honestly, my favourite comment on this decision comes from Vanity Fair’s Laura Bradley, “Yeah, yeah, we know: Sean Spicer’s resignation from his post as White House press secretary is actually a promotion out of the swamp.”
Truer words have yet to be spoken.
Since taking on the position, Spicer has treated the media with an air of “eau du asshole”. Speaking to them like they were children, avoiding questions, and being outright ignorant.
Spicer, notorious for the last six months of lies, finally threw in the rag this morning.
From moments like his handling of the covfefe debacle to his assertion that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was worse than Hitler as “even Hitler didn’t sink to using chemical weapons” *cough* gas chambers? — topped off with his calling concentration camps “Holocaust centers”, it’s hard to believe that all of these moments were his.
As Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin puts it, “some of them could be blamed on the fact that he works for a guy with the attention span of a gnat on speed, who cares more about looking all-powerful than embarrassing his communications team.”
Not to mention the wacky press conference he gave where he called Michael Flynn a “volunteer” for Trump’s campaign, tried to compare Trump’s golfing habits with Obama’s, said (and I quote) “where was the concern for that?” when discussing possible Clinton/Russia ties, and claiming Paul Manafort had a “very limited role for a very limited amount of time” when he was Trump's campaign manager.
And of course, we can’t forget his shining moment of hiding “among” (not in them people, c’mon) bushes to avoid answering press questions about the fired F.B.I. Director James Comey.
Which is great for all of the reasons above—he needed to be stopped but willingly did the job himself.
When speaking to CNN, Spicer told them that he resigned “to give the President and the new team a clean slate.”
What does that mean exactly? Well, aside from Scaramucci doing the Fandango?
Multiple sources commented on the fact that Spicer was opposed to the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci (as White House communications manager), who accepted the job minutes before Spicer handed in his resignation.
In Spicer’s place, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be taking over the position of press secretary — an announcement made during Scaramucci’s first press conference for the White House.
Trump’s first response to the resignation? He gave a statement remarking on Spicer’s television ratings.
“I am grateful for Sean's work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings. Sean will continue to serve the administration through August.”
“Okay, well, well listen. Remember, I'm a businessperson, and so, what happens in business a lot of the time is you have some rotation in personnel as you're making changes. And you have lifestyle choices that people are also making.”
Funny that a guy who openly criticized Trump went on to not only support him, but to accept a job offer. Scaramucci has also tweeted a number of times over the years over the years, he acknowledged that today.
“He brings it up every 15 seconds, okay? One of the biggest mistakes I made, because I was an inexperienced person in the world of politics. I was supporting another candidate. I should have never said that about him. So Mr. President, if you’re listening, I personally apologise for the fiftieth time for saying that,” Scaramucci said during a White House press briefing this Friday.
The now White House communications director went from finding climate change disbelievers “disheartening” to joining the Trump wagon, going so far as to deleting his tweets that previously called out Trump.
But back to Spicer.
From stumbling over Trudeau’s name to ridiculing the press on his first day, he’s come a not-so-far way in terms of the job. Constantly putting up with Trump’s contradictory ways must have really been a challenge.
What does this mean for the man of the hour? Well aside from the oh so fun job of being outta the job come August, it looks like Spicer will get to enjoy the sweet taste of freedom from Trump.
I guess he just couldn’t handle the spice.
Sean Spicer, it’s with great relish (not the hotdog sauce) that we can say don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.
Rebecca Costello is a twenty-one year old English Major interested in delving into the field of literature and screenwriting. She was previously both Editor and Nonfiction Editor for her college's annual literary magazine and is currently knee-deep in Saskatchewan history, working full-time in a historical museum for the summer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.