This is a pity story. On day one after Trump selected Sean Spicer as his press secretary, it was obvious that he was highly unqualified for the position. It was very clear that he was uncomfortable speaking before a press corps which was experienced and skeptical. Spicer looked like a deer caught in the headlights.
Lying for the most corrupt illegitimate president in history is not an easy job. It’s even worse when the man you work for offers ‘alternative facts’ for statements you have just given to the New York Times, the Guardian, CNN, and other credible news agencies.
Spicer was absent from the podium all of last week. Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered a single explanation; Spicer was “taking on extra duties.” My first thought was that he was chosen to replace White House communications director Michael Dubke who resigned the previous week. However, no announcement was made, and the fate of Sean Spicer remains unknown.
Trump’s temperament and lack of ability to communicate have become well known in less than five months. Resignations and refusals to accept positions offered by the White House are numerous. When a standing president needs an attorney to defend him during a possible scandal, the largest law firms often line up to secure the job. Trump’s reputation for refusing to listen to advice from others, and reputation for refusing to pay his employees, resulted in the rejection of Trump’s request for representation by the best attorneys in Washington.
I pity Sean Spicer. When he accepted what is the most difficult position within Trump’s circle of sinners, I’m certain that he was unaware of the difficulties which would be presented by a man who lies constantly. The White House remains in total disarray, and the primary reason is Trump. While those who labor in the communications area are preparing information for the American people and the press, Trump is tweeting an entirely different story. Then, when he speaks to the press, (which is rare), he may change his story once again.
Although I have a certain empathy for Spicer, I do not feel the same for Sanders. She obviously witnessed the extreme difficulty Spicer endured, and she agreed to be the next lying press secretary. Is she that ambitious; or is she that ignorant?
Better them than me, but of course I know the real Donny boy.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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