I figure Spicer could use a little pick-me-up after his Worst Week in Washington, and his favorite flying unicorn is just the one to deliver it.
Seriously, though, this can't be what Spicer's dream looked like in his mind. He put up with the embarrassment of the “My Little Pony” episode — offering that ridiculous defense only to have the Trump campaign admit to plagiarism later — and was rewarded with the most prestigious spokesperson gig in politics. Having proved his loyalty over and over during the race, Spicer surely thought President Trump would not make a habit of humiliating him after the election was won.
Yet Trump sent Spicer to the podium on Saturday to peddle a fabulous, easily disproven lie about the size of the president's Inauguration Day crowd. Trump basically told Spicer to stand in front of a group of journalists, whose respect he needs to do his job effectively, and discredit himself on his first full day in the White House.
To top it off, Trump then complained that Spicer didn't sell the lie well enough, according to New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman. Spicer's is the definition of a thankless job.
Trump sent Spicer out to give statement yesterday, a longtime Trump adviser says, but afterwards Trump said "he was terrible."— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) January 22, 2017
Trump also undercut Spicer a week before the inauguration when the billionaire held his first news conference in 168 days. It was the morning after CNN broke the news that top intelligence chiefs had briefed Trump and former president Barack Obama on unproven claims that Russia had attempted to compromise Trump. Making introductory remarks before Trump stepped to the microphone, Spicer reflexively lashed out at the press.
“For all the talk lately about fake news, this political witch hunt by some in the media is based on some of the most flimsy reporting and is frankly shameful and disgraceful,” Spicer said.
Trump then said the opposite: “I just want to compliment many of the people in the room. I have great respect for the news and great respect for freedom of the press and all of that. But I will tell you, there were some news organizations, with all that was just said, that were so professional — so incredibly professional — that I've just gone up a notch as to what I think of you. Okay?”
Hey, how about a heads-up next time? Spicer had to be thinking. Maybe let me know that you're not going to do your usual, slam-the-media-for-everything bit, so that I don't look like a dope who's not on the same page as the boss.
It's still early, but Trump has shown no sign of changing. The president appears not to care about the reputation of his press secretary. The question is how long Spicer will put up with this.