Sean Spicer Highlights
by Katie Doherty
The man who is the press secretary and communications director for Donald Trump has been the target of ridicule since assuming the office on February 20.
Here are some highlights.
Inauguration Crowd Size and ‘Alternate Facts’
It all started just a day after Trump’s Inauguration, Saturday January 21. The estimation of Trump’s inauguration crowd was around 460,000 people, which is quite a large number. Many news and media outlets began reporting on these numbers, and President Trump was not happy about it. The day after the inauguration, the President claimed that the numbers of people at the inauguration, as counted by ‘the media’ were inaccurate. “I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people.”
It was Spicer’s job to correct Trump’s error and appease the media. Of course, he did not. “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said, contradicting all available data.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, “Why the president asked the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood?” Conway responded: “Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. What — You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And they’re giving Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”
Obviously there is no such thing as “alternative facts” and Conway’s statement has quickly turned into a meme that still continues to circle the internet.
Melissa McCarthy and SNL
Melissa McCarthy made an unannounced appearance on Saturday Night Live last month to poke fun of the new Press Secretary. The eight minute sketch shows McCarthy in Spicer’s standard suit and a bad wig, giving probably the best impression I’ve seen in a long time. She harasses the reporters and gives a great demonstration of Trump’s travel ban that “isn’t a ban”.
Some of McCarthy’s best lines from the skit are as follows:
- “I know that the press and myself have gotten off to a rocky start, and when I say ‘rocky start,’ I mean it in the sense of Rocky the movie because I came out here to punch you.”
- “I’d like to begin today by apologizing on behalf of you to me for how you have treated me these last two weeks, and that apology is not accepted!”
This is by far one of the best skits that SNL has done this year; you have to see it to believe it. Betsy Devos also makes a special appearance.
Watch it here: Sean Spicer Press Conference (Melissa McCarthy) – SNL
Here’s part two: Sean Spicer Press Conference Cold Open – SNL
The Atlanta Terrorist Attack
Three times in one week Spicer mentioned a terrorist attack that had apparently been carried out by someone from overseas.
But the last terrorist attack to happen in Atlanta happened in 1996 during the summer games; that attack was carried out by radical right-wing Eric Robert Rudolph. Spicer has since admitted to his ‘misspeak’, claiming that he was referring to the attack in Orlando.
Spicer has caused a lot of controversy in just a few short months. As 2017 moves forward will Spicer finally get the hang of his new job, or can we expect more guest appearances of Melissa McCarthy on SLN? Only time will tell.
Image source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/melissa-mccarthy-channels-sean-spicer-in-new-saturday-night-live-sketch/