I almost felt sorry for the guy–almost: Sean Spicer resigns as Press Secretary

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“I’ll resign. That’ll show ’em. They’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.”

Sean Spicer resigned from his post as White House press secretary today. According to the New York Times, Spicer resigned “after telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with his appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.” I have, on a number of occasions, characterized Spicer as a “dumb motherfucker.” That characterization still holds, but when I learned that he resigned because he felt so strongly against Scaramucci’s appointment I thought, “He might be dumb, but at least maybe he’s got some balls.” After all, it takes some conviction to resign over something like this.

But then I remembered that Donald Trump hasn’t been too pleased with Spicer’s performance of late. We haven’t even seen Spicer much lately, with Sarah Huckabee Sanders frequently substituting for him in press conferences. Spicer has experienced much well-deserved ridicule in the media for his deluded defenses of the Trump administration and his unintentionally comic ways of avoiding the White House press corps. The guy’s an idiot and Melissa McCarthy’s impersonation of Spicer on Saturday Night Live proves that there is truth in art. Spicer may be an idiot, but you have to admit that his loyalty is admirable quality. But to Trump loyalty only goes one way. Like every proper super-villain, he’s all too happy to throw any of his loyal minions under the bus if it will be to his benefit. So, I thought, perhaps Spicer’s resignation under the pretense of protest was simply a way to let Spicer go with a little dignity. After reading this final paragraph from the New York Times article linked above,

The end came in operatic fashion, befitting Mr. Scaramucci’s namesake — a stock character in Italian musical theater. As Mr. Scaramucci made his big entrance, Mr. Spicer exited quietly, disheartened that the president never quite appreciated his performance.

I have to admit, I felt a little bad for the guy. He may be a poor little pudgy, dumb motherfucker, but he’s loyal to a fault. Even after Trump didn’t let Spicer, a Catholic, meet the Pope.

Then Spicer said this, something about he felt “increasingly disappointed in how so many members of the media do their job, or rather, don’t do their job,” and I thought, ah, fuck’im.

Anthony Scaramucci, by the way, seems as deluded as Spicer is, regarding Trump’s supposed greatness. I guess delusion is a prerequisite to work in the Trump White House. Whatever the case, I don’t think hiring Scaramucci as communications director is going to help anything. Reshuffling the staff like this six months into Trump’s presidential term is a sign of the White House’s desperation.

In case you haven’t heard, Sean Spicer is a dumb motherfucker: his Hitler/Assad gaffe

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“Hi. I’m Sean Spicer and I’m a dumb motherfucker.”

In what has seemingly become an ongoing series in this site, here is our next entry featuring White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his many gaffes. In a briefing yesterday he said this regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons:

“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War Two, you know, you had a, someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to the, to using chemical weapons…So you have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself is this a country that, and a regime, that you want to align yourself with.”

Yes, he said that. You can read that part again if you have to. So, in case you didn’t get the memo, Sean Spicer is indeed one dumb motherfucker.

Of course, he has since apologized and I believe he is genuinely apologetic, embarrassed and fears for his job, but it doesn’t change the fact that he is a pretty freakin’ dumb guy.

Should he be fired? I’m not so sure about that. A guy as dumb as this is an unwitting ally. After all, you don’t want some slick, smart guy as Trump’s press secretary, do you?

 

Trump’s war against reality

Federal judges question the constitutionality of Trump’s immigration ban. Ex-CIA officials say Trump’s travel ban has “no national security purpose.” Even John Yoo, author of the “Torture Memos” under Bush thinks Trump has gone too far. While some Americans support Trump’s actions with regard to the immigration ban, it’s clear that a majority of Americans, according to polls, at the very least question it; yet Trump says, “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”

So what’s the deal here? Are Trump and his administration really that deluded? Or is there something more sinister going on here? Well, the latter. Duh.

I mean, I’m sure that there is some delusion going on here. Donald Trump is an egomaniacal sociopath. We know he’s not as cool, good-looking, smart or charming as he thinks he is (and probably not as rich as he wants us to think). So, yeah, he’s deluded. But more importantly what we see here is an unsubtle attempt to control the narrative. Of course, everyone does this to some degree, but I’ve never seen such blatant efforts to control the narrative outside of totalitarian regimes. We’ve been seeing this all along. We saw this with Trump’s ridiculous claims about his inauguration attendance. We see this with Trump’s accusations of “fake news” as well as actual examples of weaponized fake news used by his supporters during the campaign. He wants to control your view of the world.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer characterized Judge James Robart’s decision to place a temporary restraining order against the immigration ban as “going rogue,” as if it isn’t his job as a federal judge to form legal opinions on issues. It’s not “going rogue,” Sean. He’s doing his job. Spicer wants to paint Robart’s decision as one that is counter to our legal norms when if fact his decision is exactly in accordance with those norms.

Trump’s tweets. Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” and Spicer’s general bullshit are all attempts to control the narrative. Trump’s tweets are just opinions, “alternative facts” are just fiction and bullshit is, and always will be, bullshit. Don’t be fooled.

Sean Spicer strengthens case that he is a dumb motherfucker

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Hi. I’m Sean Spicer and I’m a dumb motherfucker.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held the first formal press briefing today, reinforcing the notion that Sean Spicer is one dumb motherfucker.

One of the topics covered was the incredulous statement that Trump’s inauguration was the most watched in history. On Saturday, Spicer pissed and cried at the media blaming them for making Trump’s inauguration seem poorly attended. Of course, Spicer has no real statistics to prove that Trump’s ceremony was the biggest in history, but news outlets have made the observation that Trump’s inauguration was, in fact, quite lame.

It’s obvious that Trump’s inauguration attendance numbers were lower. And even if they weren’t, so what? If Sean Spicer weren’t a dumb motherfucker, then he could have thought of a way to minimize the issue, but instead he maximizes it. He blows it up and points fingers at the evil media. Because that’s what his sugar daddy Donald Trump does: maximize things. And he wants to be just like his sugar daddy. And, like Trump, Spicer is a bully who now gets to bully the press corps.

But it’s pretty clear from watching Spicer’s performance that he was on the defensive the entire time. Nearly all questions were answered with deflections, avoidance and, at times, counterattacks.

Sean Spicer sucks as a press secretary and is no different from any other propagandist. Either he knows what he says is bullshit and can’t think of a better way to present it or he is deluded. Either way, Sean Spicer is a dumb motherfucker.