So far, President Trump is sticking by his press secretary.
The left-wing media has never liked Sean Spicer, but after his “Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” gaffe two weeks ago, calls for the White House press secretary’s dismissal have been relentless.
Op-Ed: Let's face it. Trump needs to fire Sean Spicer now https://t.co/9FRV9vSvkA
— CNBC (@CNBC) April 17, 2017
In the CNBC hit-piece, Jake Novak opines: “And as bad as this Hitler mistake was, it was just the latest problem after so many missteps since he took the job.”
Of course, one person’s “misstep” could very well be another person’s “spicy” retort, depending on one’s political perspective. Conservatives love the way Spicer “spices up” rude reporters (like here and here), but liberals are aghast at the idea of a conservative actually fighting back.
According to a Sunday Washington Post write-up about President Trump’s “obsession” with cable TV, Trump was asked whether or not his press secretary was on the chopping block at a White House working lunch last month.
“I’m not firing Sean Spicer,” Trump told attendees.
And the reason speaks a lot to Trump’s television background as well as his penchant for letting the headlines, bad or good, work for him.
“That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in,” said Trump.
That’s no joke. In fact, the Washington Examiner reported that February Nielsen data showed Spicer’s press briefings on cable news beating network soap operas running at the same time, delivering an average of 4.3 million viewers and a 10 percent audience growth from what would otherwise have been running on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
In other words, love him or hate him, the guy draws viewers.
Of course, someone else who got great ratings just got canned from Fox News for an entirely different reason. Which led many on Twitter to wonder whether a ready replacement might be in the works should President Trump tire of his press secretary.
Bill O'Reilly out at Fox. Rumors are Trump Organization may hire him to replace Sean Spicer.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) April 19, 2017
So… how many days until O'Reilly replaces Spicer?
— Brian Pedaci (@bpedaci) April 20, 2017
OMG OMG OMG What if Trump fires Spicer and hires O'Reilly as press secretary!!!!! That'd be amazingly hilarious
— Not Your Grandmother's Book Club Podcast (@NYGBCpod) April 20, 2017
Trump and O'Reilly buds > O'Reilly unemployed > Spicer can't shoot straight & keeps sticking foot in mouth >> O'Reilly to replace Spicer?
— 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby Calls Bullshit 🖕🏻 (@DearAuntCrabby) April 19, 2017
Don't feel too bad for O'Reilly. Trump will appoint him press secrtary after he fires Spicer.
— Plato's rave 🌎 (@SeekingReality7) April 19, 2017
And yes, even liberals are afraid…
Good lord…appears the Drumpf staff is expanding. Only a matter of days until O'Reilly replaces Spicer. #WeAreAfraidVeryAfraid
— Nerf Herder (@NerfHerder_band) April 20, 2017
— Constance McAuliffe (@ConniMcA) April 19, 2017
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