White House press secretary Sean Spicer may have a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth (for example, what he has said about the Holocaust), but a new report suggests President Donald Trump won’t fire him because the man gets great ratings.
When the White House held a working lunch in March, one of the guests openly speculated as to whether Spicer might lose his job in an administration where job security seems to be an ongoing problem, according to a report by The Washington Post. “I’m not firing Sean Spicer. That guy gets great ratings,” Trump told the Post. “Everyone tunes in.” He later compared Spicer’s briefings to a soap opera and bragged that Spicer’s press conferences attract nearly as many viewers as those programs.
(Do you think we could get someone to play The Dating Game theme music every time Little Seanie enters the press room?)
And then there’s this, from TALKING POINTS MEMO:
President Donald Trump bragged on Friday about giving CBS’ “Face the Nation” its highest ratings since the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
“I have, seem to get very high ratings,” Trump said in an interview with the Associated Press.
He said that his appearance on the CBS talk show “had 5.2 million people.”
“It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation.’ It’s the highest for “Deface the Nation” since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down,” Trump claimed. “It’s a tremendous advantage.”
Trump previously used 9/11 as a prop to compare himself against when he claimed in October 2015 that he doubted the terrorist attacks would have taken place if he were President at the time.