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How Sean Spicer Went Horribly Wrong

WASHINGTON — Sean Spicer fought on two fronts each day: With the press and with President Donald Trump.

On his first day as press secretary just over six months ago, things got off to a memorable start when Spicer accused the press of “dishonesty” in covering Trump’s inauguration, incorrectly claiming the president had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” At Trump’s behest, he labeled the media “shameful and wrong” — for reporting the facts.

That set the tense and sometimes ugly tone for the remainder of his short-lived tenure as White House press secretary.

As the weeks and months went on, he was obviously out of step with his boss — both in substance and in style. At the outset, Trump reportedly didn’t like Spicer’s fashion sense, specifically bringing up his ill-fitting, light-colored suit jackets. The press secretary began sporting darker threads soon after.

The hits kept coming. Spicer insisted Trump’s legally challenged “travel ban” was not a ban at all. He found himself humbled after a briefing-room gaffe about Hitler overtook that day’s news cycle and required clarification and an apology. Spicer drew rebukes from female journalists and even Hillary Clinton after snapping at longtime White House reporter April Ryan to “stop shaking your head” during a heated line of questioning. And his mispronunciations of world leaders names, like Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, went viral.




Image: Melissa McCarthy performs in a Saturday Night Live skit as White House press secretary Sean Spicer

Melissa McCarthy performs in a Saturday Night Live skit as White House press secretary Sean Spicer.