Sean, we hardly knew ye.
Sean Spicer turned in his resignation as White House press secretary on Friday, marking the end of a short and particularly contentious run as the public-facing voice of President Donald Trump.
It’s not often that White House press secretaries became household names, but Spicer became an exceptionparticularly after Melissa McCarthy’s impersonation of him on Saturday Night Live.
Spicer resigned on Friday after Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci to communications director. Spicer, according to The New York Times, told Trump he thought the appointment of the financier was a huge mistake.
Reporters thought it was interesting that, given all the potential red lines one might draw while working for Trump, the Scaramucci appointment was when Spicer could take no more.
Interesting that given everything that has gone on Scaramucci was Spicer’s red line.
Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) July 21, 2017
Of all things that might have compelled Spicer to resign – humiliating crowd-size presser, POTUS conspiracies – he leaves b/c of a turf war?
Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) July 21, 2017
Spicer was happy to tell ridiculous lies on national television, but working for Scaramucci was a red line.
Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 21, 2017
Other media folks had plenty of suggestions for how Spicer might reboot his career.
Maybe Spicer can get a job with Frederick Douglass? Heard he’s doing great things.
Heather Dockray (@Wear_a_helmet) July 21, 2017
Congrats to Sean Spicer on his new job at Fusion
Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 21, 2017
Let me be the first to congratulate Sean Spicer on his new job at Splinter!
Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) July 21, 2017
Congrats to Sean Spicer on his new job as a CNN commentator.
David Mack (@davidmackau) July 21, 2017
Others used the event to take a walk down memory lane:
Remember when Sean Spicer stood up at his first ever press conference and talked about crowd size.
Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) July 21, 2017
Sean Spicer’s first task was to deny photographic reality to protect a vain boss’ ego, but sure, this *job offer* was the humiliating thing
James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 21, 2017
Spicer lasted barely six months before turning in his resignation, while, according to The Washington Post, his 30 immediate predecessors lasted an average of about three years. But hey, he stayed on the job longer than five press secretaries in history, making his tenure only the sixth-shortest all time.
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