Former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s dreams of being crowned America’s ballroom dancing king came crashing down Monday night when judges finally eliminated him from the competition in the show’s ninth episode of the season.
In his final appearance on the show, the 48-year-old Spicer and his stand-in partner, Jenna Johnson, danced an Argentine tango and a foxtrot. The lackluster performance earned a thumbs-down from the judges — only 26 out of 40 points — enough this time to overcome the votes of viewers who had been propping him up over the previous weeks.
Even a tweet from President Donald Trump wasn’t enough to save Spicer. In the tweet, since deleted and replaced with congratulating Spicer for a job well done, Trump urged his 66 million followers to vote for Spicer, “a great and very loyal guy who is working very hard … All the way with Sean! #MAGA.”
A great try by @seanspicer. We are all proud of you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2019
For longtime fans of the show, it was good riddance. The fact that Spicer lasted as long as he did despite his lead-footed performance week after week drove them into fits of social media rage every week. “Our long national nightmare is over,” declared TV Guide.
Spicer survived week after week, much to the chagrin of the judges and loyal fans of the show, because of a wave of support from Trump fans on social media and an ensuing avalanche of viewer votes via text and on ABC’s website. Keeping him alive had become another battle in the culture war between coastal elites and the Make America Great Again crowd.
RIGGED https://t.co/g1UQkKeJlb— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) November 12, 2019
Spicer signed off from the show by saying he wishes he could have done better. “Thanks to everyone who supported me. Thanks to my family for everything they did. I’ve loved being on this show, thank you for making me part of it,” he said. “God bless you all, happy Veterans Day.”