I refuse to rescind an Idiot of the Week award, so I won’t. But I have to admit that I currently have a great deal of sympathy for one of my former IOTW award winners, namely Sean Spicer. He is still an idiot, but perhaps the main thing that makes him so is that he accepted the job as White House Press Secretary to begin with. He worked on Trump’s campaign, he knew that Trump was a liar, a bully, and that the job of presenting him in the brightest light possible to the press would be an impossible task. Still, he said ‘yes’, and he has paid a high price in the nearly four months Trump has been in office.
A recent op-ed written by Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, who is a long-time friend of Spicer, reads:
“Alas, poor Spicer! I knew him well. He was one of the top Republican flacks in town, affable and quick-witted, always happy to dish with reporters off the record. I liked him. I still like him — or at least that Spicer I knew before he answered Donald Trump’s call.”
Milbank continues, “The president turned him into a national punchline on his first day on the job, forcing him to provide “alternative facts” about the inauguration.”
And then, of course, there are all those Saturday Night Live sketches which, I must admit, are pretty funny, but try to imagine how poor Sean feels sitting at home on Saturday night with his wife and children watching himself as the laughingstock of the nation.
And now, the culmination of it all is that rumours are flying about Washington that Spicer will be replaced by the end of the week. So yes, I do rather feel sorry for him. He was woefully unprepared and unqualified for this position under this president, as only a consummate liar who is comfortable with dealing constantly in ‘alternative facts’, lies, contradictions and basically wallowing with the hogs could excel at the job. I suspect Sean Spicer is, deep down, too good a person to work for Trump.
So who, you ask, will replace Sean? Well, my first thought was that last week’s press briefings by Sarah Huckabee Sanders was a ‘job interview’ of sorts, and a number of the DC pundits agreed with me. But then as of yesterday, it is rumoured that one Kimberly Guilfoyle of Fox News is top dog for the position. I did not like Sanders because in her first press briefing she said it was time to “move on” from the Russian investigations, and I was incensed. I cursed my laptop, saying, “No, you dumba## bi$%&, I WILL NOT move on until I have all the answers!!!” My trusty Dell cursed back, saying “command unknown”. Sigh.
But as much as I disliked Ms. Sanders, I dislike Ms. Guilfoyle even more. First, she is actively campaigning for the position and says she possesses the necessary qualities … which are, as I noted above, being a master of lies, contradictions, and wallowing in slop with the hogs. By her own admission, then, she possesses those qualities. Add to that a bonus qualification: she is a back-stabber, being perfectly willing to knock poor Sean off the podium.
My next reason for disliking her is this statement she made:
“I think I have a very good relationship with the president. I think I enjoy a very straightforward and authentic, very genuine relationship, one that’s built on trust and integrity, and I think that’s imperative for success in that position”.
Certain keywords here throw up red flags: straightforward, authentic, genuine, trust, and integrity. Not a single one of those words can be applied to Donald Trump even under the best of circumstances. So this proves her to be either of a very low IQ, or of a very low character … or both. And this …
“If you want to be successful and do communications with President Trump, you have to be someone who he actually wants to spend a little bit of time with.” Shades of Monica Lewinsky? I wonder if she owns a blue dress?
Third reason for my dislike: In her interview with the Bay Area News Group, Guilfoyle talked about Spicer as if he were already gone: “Sean Spicer is a very nice man and a patriot. He’s dedicated himself to this public service. Very tough position he’s in. I wish him the best, and I know he puts a lot of effort into it.” Geez, lady, why don’t you just roast the pig before you kill it???
My fourth and final reason, perhaps the least rational of the list, is that she currently works for Fox News and has a fake smile.
As of today, Sean Spicer is still the White House press secretary and reportedly was told by Trump that his job is safe … for now. But we all know that nothing Trump says is necessarily the truth. In reality, Sean Spicer would ultimately be far better off if he were let go. Eventually he would get another job, one where he could once again learn to respect himself and do his job with integrity. The past four months have taken a toll on the man, as evidenced by the before and after pictures.