White House sources say that Sean Spicer could be fired within the next week as President Trump begins a purge of establishment advisers who he feels have failed to properly investigate leaks coming from within the administration.
Speculation is already swirling as to whether or not Spicer will return after he was “benched” and temporarily replaced with Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
For those possessed of enough confidence and a shriveled conscience, the job of being a political spokesperson is not very difficult. You dissemble, you deflect, you dodge, and you move on safe in the knowledge that the mainstream press will never hold you fully accountable for what you’ve said—there are no lies in politics, only “misstatements” and “falsehoods”—and that the public is not paying terribly close attention. You needn’t seem sincere or even particularly alive in front of the cameras—spokespeople are among the political operatives most threatened by advances in automation.
Until IBM’s Watson learns how to evade two-part questions, Clinton campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon might be considered the ideal—a model of true efficiency in the role. Eyes ahead, even tone, a mind emptied of all but a half-dozen bullet points, a smile just the right size, no energy lost or wasted— this is what you want.
Spicer has behaved like a “deer in the headlights” in recent weeks and is not able to handle the pressure of the job, according to one source.
They add that Spicer will be gone by next week and that former prosecutor and current Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who was previously considered for the role, is currently the favorite to replace him.
However, these assertions are being disputed by other insiders who insist that Spicer will return to his current role within the next week.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus could also be on the chopping block as President Trump begins a purge of moderate advisers whom he feels have performed poorly when it comes to investigating the source of leaks that have proved embarrassing for the administration.
Having been guided by moderate advisers for the last 6 weeks, Trump tried working with the Washington establishment but has come to the realization that they do not want to compromise on any issue, don’t care about the country, and are merely concerned with blocking his policy agenda.
Trump is set to take the gloves off, sidelining those within his inner circle who he feels he cannot fully trust and going back to the approach he took for the first 50 days of his administration.
Our sources also confirm that James Comey’s comment that he was “mildly nauseous” at influencing the impact of the 2016 election was the final straw that led to his firing, in addition to the former FBI Director’s failure to investigate Susan Rice for her alleged role in overseeing surveillance of phone calls between Trump and his aides.
Under Comey, the FBI has refused to work with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in following through on Trump’s directives, leaving Comey’s position as director untenable.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer compared Adolf Hitler favorably to Bashar al-Assad. “You had someone who is as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even use chemical weapons,” he told reporters. He later attempted to clarify his comment. “I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing, there was not in the — he brought them into the Holocaust center.”
At Holocaust Centers, more popularly known as “concentration” and “death camps,” Adolf Hitler gassed millions of people—his own and others—to death with chemicals. Sean Spicer should know this. Some have found his comments further evidence of latent anti-Semitism in the White House. They are, at the very least, further evidence of something that has been obvious for some time: Sean Spicer is inexplicably bad at his job. He lacks confidence. He gets emotional. He gets in his own way. He shoots himself in the foot. He puts the foot in his mouth to stop the bleeding. As Nancy Pelosi has said, he should be replaced.
The highlight – or lowlight, depending on your perspective – came when Spicer allegedly took refuge behind bushes to dodge the television cameras as the media pressured him for answers on the FBI director’s controversial termination.
That account came from the Washington Post, which later wrote that it had updated its story “to more precisely describe Spicer’s location near White House bushes on Tuesday night.”
The updated story claimed that, “White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff near a clump of bushes and then behind a tall hedge.” The story also said that Spicer “was soon standing in near darkness between two tall hedges, with more than a dozen reporters closely gathered around him.”
Spicer was notably absent from the podium on May 10 as reporters demanded answers about the FBI director’s dramatic ouster. Taking his place was Sarah Huckabee Sanders, his deputy in the press office, and the daughter of former presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.
Sanders herself denounced the rumors that she might replace Spicer, saying they were not true, telling The New York Post, “That’s ridiculous. No changes here.”
Spicer’s much panned handling of the immediate aftermath of Comey’s firing started when he shouted the news to reporters after his email server wouldn’t work, Newsweek reported. Tuesday evening, the night of the firing, Spicer had trouble coming up with a proper answer and stumbled over his words when speaking to members of the press.
“Outside, Spicer appeared on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs, at times stuttering and misspeaking, at one point saying the attorney general had been terminated before quickly correcting himself. Photographers could be seen at the edges of the frame taking pictures of Spicer as he spoke with Dobbs,” Newsweek reported.
Trump is reportedly displeased with Spicer’s performance as the arguably second-most visible person in the White House, and he is particularly frustrated with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who is a longtime ally of Spicer, for the selection.
“Priebus vouched for Spicer and against Trump’s instincts,” a source close to the hiring process explained, saying that the president “regrets it every day and blames Priebus.”
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Sources: CNN, InfoWars, Heavy, AOL, and Newsweek