White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday morning over a disagreement about President Donald Trump’s newly appointed communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. The news was first reported by The New York Times.
Spicer served as the Republican National Committee’s communications director from 2011 to 2017. His tenure as Trump’s press secretary was marked by general lying, wild spin, soft Holocaust denial, and complete disdain for doing his job.
Here are Spicer’s top five moments:
5. That time Spicer made up a terrorist attack in Atlanta.
“What do we say to the family that loses somebody over a terroristic (sic), to whether it’s Atlanta or San Bernardino or the Boston bomber?” Sean said during an ABC interview, arguing that the administration needed to implement Trump’s Muslim ban.
He repeated the “Atlanta, San Bernardino, Boston” list twice over the next few days.
Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, told The Daily Beast: “There has not been a successful jihadi terror attack in Atlanta.”
4. The time Spicer told CNN that corruption is A-OK as long as everyone knows about it.
“Conflicts of interest arise when you’re sneaky about it,” Spicer said, when he was asked about the president’s conflicts of interest, including the fact that he still owns his company and is letting his sons run it. “If you tell everyone ‘here’s what’s going on, here’s the process, here are the people that are playing a role,’ that’s being transparent.”
3. That time Spicer literally hid ‘among’ the bushes to avoid reporters after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey.
And then he obviously complained to The Washington Post for saying he hid in the bushes, leading The Post to issue this correction:
“EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to more precisely describe White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s location late Tuesday night in the minutes before he briefed reporters. Spicer huddled with his staff among bushes near television sets on the White House grounds, not ‘in the bushes,’ as the story originally stated.”
2. That time Spicer had nice things to say about Hitler.
Spicer on Syria: “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons…” pic.twitter.com/UN3JfRRg0w
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 11, 2017
“You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said referring to a sarin gas attack on Syrian civilians. “I think when you come to sarin gas, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said. “He brought them into, um, the Holocaust center — I understand that. But I’m saying in the way Assad used them where he went into towns, dropped them down into the middle of towns, it was brought — the use of it — and I appreciate the clarification, that was not the intent.”
1. That time Spicer shamelessly lied about Trump’s inauguration crowd.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe. Even the New York Times printed a photograph showing a misrepresentation of the crowd in the original Tweet in their paper, which showed the full extent of the support, depth in crowd, and intensity that existed,” Spicer said. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”
It was not the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration. Period.
Some honorable mentions:
When Buzzfeed published an article about a comment by Reince Priebus and Spicer accused the site’s editor of an “attack on Christ.”
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) December 25, 2016
When he claimed that Trump was “just joking” when he encouraged Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email.
When he attacked Nordstrom for pulling Ivanka Trump’s merchandise.
When he turned a press conference into an infomercial for Trump’s D.C. hotel.
When he told April Ryan to stop shaking her head.