It’s almost as if White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway are in a race this week to see who can open their mouth and make the most number of messes for their boss Donald Trump. They keep taking turns one-upping each other when it comes to turning Trump’s ongoing scandals and controversies and lies into even bigger controversies, because they just keep saying stupid things. And today, Spicer took it to a whole new level.
The tidal wave of stupid arguably started with Sean Spicer himself on Saturday, when he read a prepared statement to the media in which he angrily but nervously insisted Donald Trump’s inauguration had drawn a huge crowd when photographic evidence had already proven he’d drawn only a small crowd. This went so poorly that “#spicerfacts” began trending on Twitter as the nation mocked him for it. Then Conway tried to clean up Spicer’s mess by insisting on Meet The Press on Sunday that Spicer hadn’t been lying, but made it worse by insisting that he was merely been relying on “alternative facts.” But now Spicer has stepped in it again.
During his press conference today, Sean Spicer was asked by the media whether he felt it was okay for him and Trump to lie, an extraordinary question for day four of a new administration. Spicer’s response was “I believe that we have to be honest with the American people, but I think sometimes we can disagree with the facts.” Wait, what?
Did he mean to say disagree on the facts, as in disagreeing as to what the facts really are? Because if he really meant disagree with the facts, that’s the same thing as lying. Either way, this is the kind of embarrassing verbal gibberish which the White House Press Secretary is specifically paid not to say.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report