For many, it was an attempt to “normalize” a former White House press secretary who repeatedly and blatantly lied to the American people on behalf of President Trump.
Spicer’s joke, mocking his own claims about Trump’s inaugural crowd size, stirred many angry reactions on Twitter within moments of him leaving the stage.
“NO to Sean Spicer,” journalist Mark Harris tweeted. “It’s so great that we can embrace someone who used a powerful position to abuse the press and lie to America.”
“Do NOT cheer for Sean Spicer,” tweeted Kelly Dittmar, an assistant professor at Rutgers University. “This is how we normalize & excuse unethical, racist, sexist, etc. behavior.”
The degree to which Sean Spicer has faced no consequences is a glimpse into the post-Trump future.— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) September 18, 2017
Others, including author and commentator Roxane Gay, argued that Spicer’s appearance reflected white privilege.
As Deray would say, watch whiteness work to normalize Sean Spicer! COME! ON!— roxane gay (@rgay) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer peddled lies and deception for months and he's on the Emmy stage. Breh. White folks got all the spades.— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) September 18, 2017
sean spicer gets the emmys stage— wilf (@wilfredchan) September 18, 2017
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Others saw Spicer’s act as an attempt to knock Trump.
“Colbert couldn’t leave the stage without finding some special way to hit the president where it really hurts,” Vanity Fair’s Laura Bradley wrote on Sunday. “So he brought out his secret weapon: Sean Spicer.”
I thought Spicer cameo was great. Totally threw Trump under a bus. The timing in the Colbert monologue made it clear the joke was on Trump— Dave Cannella (@orlandodavec) September 18, 2017
Finally, others wondered if the former White House press secretary’s cameo would anger the president and were eagerly awaiting Trump’s response.
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