Sean Spicer has resigned as Press Secretary. The reason he gives is because his boss Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as his new Communications Director.
This video explains Spicer’s decision. He feels that Scaramucci lacks experience (what else is new in this White House?) and Spicer would wind up doing two jobs for the price of one:
I guess this was the last straw for Spicer, who was obviously crumbling in his thankless role of having to lie for his boss all the time. The job of Press Secretary is generally one of the easiest cabinet jobs, but in this White House, under this president, it’s probably one of the hardest.
Personally, I think Spicer was looking for a way out and this was the best opportunity for him to escape from his hellish role. I don’t despise Spicer the way I despise 99.9% of Trump’s staff. Sure, as a conservative, he accepted the position, but I don’t think he had any idea of what he was signing up for. Every time I saw Spicer speak to the press, he seemed more angry, more defensive, and more nervous, even to the point where I was sure he was going to run from the podium in sheer panic. He seemed to really hate his job, and I don’t think it’s because he hates the press.
But his boss does hate the press (most of them being the truth-tellers in this hot political mess), and undoubtedly instructed Spicer to lie to them about what his intentions were and the things he was doing (and I’ll even speculate he may have threatened him if he didn’t lie).
In spite of his combative manner, Spicer doesn’t strike me as a bad or immoral person. He strikes me as someone suffering from a bad case of PTSD. In other words, he’s a victim of narcissistic abuse under the most malignantly narcissistic, sociopathic president this country has ever seen. PTSD often manifests as anger and defensiveness. What gives him away is his jitteriness and what often appears to be terror in his eyes. He carries himself around like a whipped dog. We all remember when Spicer hid in the bushes to avoid having to speak to the press. It was farcical, but also a sad indication of a man completely unsuited to be doing this type of dirty work for a blackhearted boss.
There was also some evidence that the vulnerable Spicer was in a scapegoat role in Trump’s cabinet. White House Chief of Staff Steve Bannon said the reason Spicer was appearing less in public (replaced by the insufferable Sarah Huckabee Sanders) was because he was “getting too fat.” I think that was a lie and smear tactic. Bannon ought to look in the mirror at his own bloated, unhealthy-looking body before he fat-shames someone else.
I rather like Spicer. Or more accurately, I feel sorry for him. He seemed to crumble more by the day and lose his composure easily. Imagine standing in front of reporters from major newspapers, TV news stations, and other news outlets, most of them hostile to this president, having to field their pointed questions that flew at him like bullets. Imagine having to answer these questions with grace and intelligence, without losing your cool or sounding like you’re lying your face off.
Spicer tried, but he couldn’t do it. That’s because I don’t think he’s like the rest of them. I think he still has some semblance of a conscience and sense of right and wrong. I don’t have any proof of this, but I sense it from him. He knew he was lying for a boss who is trying his damndest to be dictator-in-chief and dismantle democracy, and he hated it. He couldn’t deal with it anymore; if he continued doing it, I think he knew he would be spiritually destroyed. That’s the danger in not breaking away from a malignant narcissist like Donald Trump and the cabal of flying monkeys and enablers he has surrounded himself with. Spicer had to go “no contact” with his boss before he lost his own soul.
I also think Spicer knows a lot he’s not saying — yet. But I think he will, when the dust settles. I’m waiting for his tell-all book.
I just saw a clip of him on the news leaving the White House, and he was smiling like a man who just won the lottery. It’s the first time I ever saw him look happy.