The resignation of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will have monumental consequences that have only begun to be understood, but before we can consider those ramifications, I think everyone needs a little bit of time to grieve. The former Republican National Committee spokesman brought a unique set of skills to the Brady Briefing Room podium that we are not likely to see again.
Since there are five stages of grief, it seems appropriate that we take a look at the 5 Spiciest Moments of Spicer from the past six months, lest we ever forget this unsung and unloved non-hero. In no particular order, here are Sean Spicer's finest moments:
1. Day One: An Alternative Fact Is Born
Sean Spicer kicked things off in style by calling an emergency press briefing, at which he took no questions, and screamed at reporters that they should report what would later be dubbed “alternative facts.” Spicer's first day on the job set the table like a Martha Stewart of lies:
This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe. Even the New York Times printed a photograph showing a misrepresentation of the crowd in the original Tweet in their paper, which showed the full extent of the support, depth in crowd, and intensity that existed.
These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.
2. Stop Shaking Your Head, Black Woman Who Is Not Shaking Her Head
Spicer let his inner stereotype monologue out when he told AURN White House correspondent April Ryan to stop shaking her head before Ryan ever shook her head:
3. Hitler Day
3a. This is a three-parter, because Spicer crammed an entire term's worth of gaffes into one day. First, he noted that Hitler never “sank” to using chemical weapons:
SPICER: I think a couple things. You look — we didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had a — someone who is despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.
3b. Later in the same briefing, he tried to clean up his Hitler gaffe by making another series of Hitler gaffes:
VARGAS: Quote, “Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons.” What did you mean by that?
SPICER: I think when you come to Sarin gas, there was no — he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Ashad (sic) is doing. I mean, there is clearly — thank you. I appreciate that. There was not — in the — he brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But I’m saying, in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent, into the middle of towns, it brought — so the use of it, I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.
3c. Finally, while trying to apologize for his Hitler gaffes, Spicer told Wolf Blitzer that Donald Trump is trying to “destabilize” Syria and Iraq:
It was my blunder, as you put it correctly. And I came out to make sure that we stay focused on what the president is doing, and his decisive action. I needed to make sure that I clarified, and not with, in any way shape or form, any more of a distraction from the president’s decisive action in Syria, and the attempts that he is making to destabilize the region and root out ISIS out of Syria.
4. Can't Name a Single Legislative Accomplishment at 100 Days
Not even a post office. The one law he names was written and sponsored by Democrats:
CONDON: Looking ahead to the 100-day mark and setting an side executive orders, can you say what the single piece of legislation that you are proudest that you got through the Congress that was on the president’s agenda?
SPICER: Well, a few things on that. Number one, we’re not done. We’ve got a little days before we hit the 100-day mark. So I think what you’ve seen out of this White House is a very robust agenda of activity. There’s a lot of executive orders that I think the president’s been pleased with, not only what they’ve done or what they will do, but what they’ve done. When you look at immigration in particular, we see a fairly significant drop at the border.
I think on jobs, there’s been a lot of activity that we’ve been very proud to see. American manufacturing and job creation. But then there’s pieces like what we did today, that I think if you’re a veteran who served our country, to know that you have additional options to get health care in a timely manner, or not just — but a geographically friendly manner so you’re not driving hours is very helpful and a strong symbol of how we treat our veterans.
5. Russia Is Our What?
Finally, there was the time Spicer called Russia an “ally,” which is actually kinda sorta true where Trump is concerned:
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