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.