President Trump has repeatedly called the media the enemy of the American people. By that logic, Press Secretary Sean Spicer is a man on the front lines. He’s a man who faces off daily against vicious, truth-hungry reporters.
But as Trevor illustrated this week, he’s not so great at his job. He stumbles. He backtracks. He has a hell of a hard time justifying his boss’s various tweetstorms and falsehoods. What results is a mishmash of word salad and linguistic loops.
In honor of the hardest-working spin doctor in decades, here are just a few of Spicer’s more egregious recent utterances:
“IT’S NOT YOUR PRESS BRIEFING.”
Spicer’s response when called out on the lie that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort had a “very limited role” in the Trump campaign.
“THE PRESIDENT MADE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT A PRIORITY THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN.”
A selection from Spicer’s announcement that Trump — who was caught on tape bragging about grabbing women’s genitalia — would attend a Women’s Empowerment Panel.
“[I]F THE PRESIDENT PUT RUSSIAN SALAD DRESSING ON HIS SALAD TONIGHT, SOMEHOW THAT’S A RUSSIAN CONNECTION.”
Spicer’s dismissal of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, despite the fact that both Congress and the FBI are currently investigating the ties.
“SHE IS AN IDIOT WITH NO REAL SOURCES.”
Spicer’s rebuttal after a Politico reporter tweeted that Trump was considering replacing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
“THE PRESIDENT USED THE WORD ’WIRETAPPED’ IN QUOTES.”
After the Trump administration was unable to find concrete proof that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign.
“THIS WAS THE LARGEST AUDIENCE TO EVER WITNESS AN INAUGURATION – PERIOD.”
Defending the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd, even though it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t close to the size of Obama’s in 2009.