If nothing else, Trump provides entertainment value for comedians and bloggers.
This morning, we learned press secretary Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary following a huge dispute with Trump over communications.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday after denouncing chaos in the West Wing and telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
After offering Mr. Scaramucci the communications job Friday morning, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Spicer to stay on as press secretary. But Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment of Mr. Scaramucci was a major mistake and said he was resigning, according to a person with direct knowledge of the exchange.
In one of his first official acts, Mr. Scaramucci, who founded the global investment firm SkyBridge Capital and is a Fox News contributor, joined Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mr. Spicer’s chief deputy, in the White House briefing room and announced that she would succeed Mr. Spicer as press secretary.
Mr. Spicer’s rumored departure has been one of the longest-running internal sagas in an administration brimming with dissension and intrigue. A former Republican National Committee spokesman and strategist, Mr. Spicer was a frequent target of the president’s ire — and correctives — during the first few months of the administration.
He was also weary of the daily dressings-down and instituted the highly contentious practice of holding off-air briefings, less so to snub reporters than to avoid Mr. Trump’s critiques of his performance, according to one of Mr. Spicer’s friends.
Saturday Night Live
Saturday night live frequently mocks both Spicer and Trump. In one episode, Melissa McCarthy Plays an Angst-Ridden Sean Spicer.
“Sean Spicer Returns”
Mike “Mish” Shedlock
j c said:
Sean has gone to a better place.
Time to write a book and give speeches.
It’s also time for Sessions to man up and tell Trump to “Take This Job and Shove IT”
Macro Investor said:
As a former Republican party strategist/communicator, Spicer was doomed from the start. Neither party wanted Trump, for the simple reason that he’s not part of the machine that lives by selling our representation to the highest bidder.
Trump is learning that neither party will ever cooperate with anyone who won’t take the dirty money. He needs like minded people from outside politics. There aren’t many in DC. The Trump family, Bannon and maybe Scaramonga are likely it. Sessions is a big fail in that regard. He’d rather slit his mother’s throat than prosecute a Clinton for jay walking.
Rick Miller said:
More fake news ask Spicer not some un named source. This author must be trying to work for cnn.
BillyBob Texas said:
Good luck, Sean. You tried. This just isn’t the place you need to be. I wish Sarah Hucklebee much luck – and looking forward to seeing what Scaramungo (with the Golden Gun) can do…..
The Prez certainly needs some help….
…what a nice Italian Boy!
Member of the CFR and a former Obama fundraiser.
n. pl. trump·er·ies
1. Showy but worthless finery; bric-a-brac.
2. Nonsense; rubbish.
3. Deception; trickery; fraud.
An Italian American New York Scrapper
…and this is War
I ❤ NY
Okay, if you say so, but I have it on good authority that Billy Bush was available.
I’m just sayin’.
Medex Man said:
The media has ceased all pretense of being unbiased or neutral, so having a “press secretary” is rather ridiculous in itself.
The President (Trump or anyone else) is supposed to communicate with **ALL** citizens, not just the arrogant few with press passes — the media forgets that all too often. The media is simply a means to an end (communicating with all citizens), it is not an end in itself.
The media needs a spectacle to pump up their falling ratings, and the masses who are “cutting the cord” (getting rid of cable TV). CNN admitted that their entire “russia-gate” nonsense has zero substance and is 100% a ratings ploy. Trump needs to remember that his support base is almost entirely outside the Washington DC beltway.
And all of us, especially the folks who did not vote for Trump, need to remember that you are and (presumably) will be living in the USA four years / eight years from now. You should wish Trump success purely out of your own self interest — if you burn the country down just to spite Trump, he still gets a presidential pension, while the rest of us would have to live in the ashes and ruins.
Don’t be stupid and destroy the country in your spite against Trump. If the establishment (either party) had come up with a candidate that didn’t make voters vomit , then Trump wouldn’t have been elected. It was a complete and total failure of both political parties.
Time to make the best of the hand we were dealt, and stop acting like babies throwing temper tantrums. Support Trump, if for no other reason than you will be stuck with the outcome whether you mess your diapers or not.
As for Spicer… we need a white house press secretary about as much as we need a white house buggy whip wrangler. It was an important position years ago, not anymore
“Don’t be stupid and destroy the country in your spite against Trump.”
I’m not worried about my stupidity, it has a fairly low impact on America.
I’m worried about the stupidity of the person who lies constantly but thinks he can be President of this country.
But I’m more worried about the stupidity of people who can’t see how much of a clown show we have in the White House and are enabling this idiot instead of forcing him to do his job properly.
And I’m really worried about the stupidity of people who think that Russia’s interference can’t be real because the media reported it, and you can only trust the White House and not the media.
I’m also more worried about the stupidity of people who go along with attacks on good Americans like Robert Mueller because their orange idol wants them to, just in case there is something there, so they can trot out the line that Mueller is lying because he is biased.
BillyBob Texas said:
Well – riddle me this, Batman:
How can Trump “do his job” IF that means getting ANYTHING done in Congress when Congress will not send him a Bill to sign. He’s asked for it – said he’ll signs it – but Congress is NOT doing THEIR job …
Russia…still? It’s been nearly a year on Russia – NOTHING has come of it. Maybe it’s there – maybe not….but we KNOW Hillary and Bill did the Russia thing – Hillary approving 20% of our good radioactive stuff to be sold to Russia – AFTER Bill was paid $500,000 for one speech to Russians……hmmmm….THAT is not questionable….
Mueller? Well, the peeps he has hired used to WORK FOR HILLARY AND BILL….naaahhhhh…no problem there. and gave lotsa $$ to her – but THAT is not a problem in itself. Just having the Clintons as some of their former clients steeenks to hi-heaven….
“How can Trump “do his job” IF that means getting ANYTHING done in Congress”
OK, you do know that the President’s own party has majorities in both houses?
As I’ve repeatedly said, we have a respected lawman on the case, so if there is something real, Mueller will find it, if anybody can. So let’s be patient and watch the people who are trying to discredit an American who has shown exemplary patriotism all his life.
“The president’s own party?” Depend on who you ask. A whole lot of them would argue with you about that. Having the same letter after your name don’t mean nuthin’.
CzarChasm Reigns said:
“I’m worried about the stupidity of the person who lies constantly but thinks he can be President of this country.” —themonosynaptic
Stupid liar wants to know:
“Can President Trump pardon himself?”
FYI – the expert said the odds were: “…less than 50%, but not close to 0%.”
The Russia special persecutor’s Inquisition/Witch Hunt is a DNC-financed campaign 2016 relic, now enshrined permanently in the Deep State and extended indefinitely at taxpayer/public expense with no input whatsoever from elected officials (aside from Schumer and Democrat Senators meeting secretly with DOJ to get the Witch Hunt onto the government payroll). Schumer and his allies in the Deep State deserve a special banquet and the Lenin Award for Subversive Achievement.
Curiously, unlike “real” criminal investigations, there is no criminal statute or law being violated here. Collusion between a campaign and a foreign country does not violate any criminal codes, and is something for voters to decide (approval or not) at the ballot box. In Nov. 2016, voters via the electoral college rendered their verdict in support of Trump bringing the USA and Russia closer together. Big foreign collusion “cognitive dissonance” here: Hillary and DNC colluded with both Ukraine and UK intelligence operatives to produce the Russia dossier used against Trump in campaign 2016. Hillary and Trump also colluded as much as possible with Israeli operatives against each other, and who knows how many other foreign countries. Additional special persecutors are need to: 1) keep Trump’s campaign promise to put Hillary in jail, in the name of fairness and reciprocity; 2) an investigation into how Schumer and Democrat Senators “influenced and colluded” with DOJ to get Mueller appointed special persecutor, whether Comey was secretly granted special immunity and coached by Mueller to lie with impunity and violate federal law in a partisan effort to “get” Trump, etc. Another special persecutor with another mandate is needed to investigate the current special persecutor, who should not be above the law.
You lost me at “deep state”.
Have you ever been involved with government. How about a board for a local non-profit. How many real secrets have you ever kept? 5? Probably less. Only the really dangerously personal ones.
There are two things that are really true in life:
1. Most organizations are a complete disaster. Private and Government.
2. There is no chance that more than 5 people can keep a secret.
Apply those rules to the stories you hear and you can screen out 99% of the “conspiracy” nonsense that we have to put up with.
Yes I mean you climate deniers.
On the other hand, 2. would explain the establishment of hierarchical blind authority built on institutionalised make-believe, punishment and reward, which would explain 1. and the creeping domination of government over private by its (non constructive) efficacy and through destabilisation of the latter. Flexible order by contrast is adaptive and has no pretense except the direct understanding of the individual to a confined circumstance within a social reality that is self evident, rather than imposed as an ideal as per subversion of majority politics.
But whatever, however my experience of private organisation is that it gets unwanted interference and is rarely allowed to flourish without getting subsumed by outside authority at some point, and its essence disarticulated or auctioned.
Yes, I know government and non-profits from personal experience, and have nothing against them per se, although they sometimes go astray and become corrupted. If I lost you at “deep state,” then you need to learn to search the Internet and educate yourself. Not that difficult. The New York Times, Investors Business Daily, WSJ, The Hill, HuffPo and the rest of the mainstream media and alternative media use the term “Deep State” with great regularity as shorthand for “the government bureaucracy working behind the scenes.” Has nothing to do with secrecy or climate per se. FYI: a link to an article in today’s “The Hill,” a very mainstream source you may recognize from Mish quotes. “Deep State” is in article title, and explained in first paragraph:
ExxonMobil fine shows ‘Deep State’ alive and well
BY WILLIAM O’KEEFE, CONTRIBUTOR – 07/22/17 11:20 AM EDT
In the past year, the term “Deep State” has become part of our lexicon, describing the gradual erosion of constitutional government and the rise of government by the administrative state, which means the unelected. There is no better example than the Treasury Department’s fine of ExxonMobil for violating sanctions on Russia…
Ron J said:
“And I’m really worried about the stupidity of people who think that Russia’s interference can’t be real because the media reported it, and you can only trust the White House and not the media.”
I am worried that all this fake anti Russian hysteria will result in a preemptive nuclear first strike against the U.S.
The U.S. MSM interfered in our election. Our own media, which we are supposed to be able trust, were democratic party operatives, not objective news reporters.
The real question is, who wasn’t interfering, not whether Russia was.
Western European leaders were interfering, just as the Russians were. Ukraine just got caught in collusion to benefit Hillary.
Hillary was the reason she lost the election. Not even the entire MSM complex interfering on her behalf, prevented her from losing. Not even the U.S. government, interfering on her behalf, prevented her from losing.
Not even Republican party establishment members interfering on her behalf, prevented her from losing.
Dr. Plover said:
Well, I’m worried about people like you who thought everything was hunky dory with Obama and Hillary. Please remove the blinders.
Media hater and slight Trump fan
I think President Trump is doing an awesome job. Maybe the best President ever… He’s a capitalist, non-establishment person who is Making America Great Again. The best part is – if you are not happy – you are free to leave.
Too bad, I liked Sean. Seems like The Donald has gotten carried away with that “You’re fired!” thing. He still needs to figure out the difference between being a politician and being The Boss. That said, I can think of a lot of politicians who would be much worse.
Here are 548 gov’t employees he just fired! http://dailysignal.com/2017/07/10/youre-fired-trumps-va-terminates-500-suspends-200-for-misconduct/
However I am delighted with that.
BillyBob Texas said:
RE: Firing the VA peeps. Those who fraudulently erased waiting lists to make themselves – or their bosses look better – and cause Vet’s to NOT get medical care should be arrested and JAILED. What they did was CRIMINAL< DANGEROUS< AND PERHAPS FATAL to our Vets. Hang the guilty bastards…..
Scaramucci might just be the guy that puts the horses head in SNL’s bed. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a particular talent of not giving the media any material either. Look like the perfect combo for Trump.
Medex Man said:
Trump should change the press pool rules (which are arbitrary and decided by the White House). No more seniority or allowing the media to decide who sits up front or who gets a question. Seating will be “random”, with favoritism going to media outlets that haven’t received the best spots in the past. Nothing would crush the media pundits egos more than losing their “privileged” access to the halls of power.
Make all of them submit to invasive searches of both person and belongings — just like airplane travelers. Confiscate any notes that are written in code (it might be terrorism!). And use anything not in code to identify the leaks. There is no legal right to enter White House grounds, and any media that don’t like it don’t need to attend press conferences.
Time to treat the arrogant media with the same TSA nuisance as the taxpayers who make Washington DC’s lifestyle possible
BillyBob Texas said:
Y E S . !!!!!!!
Every one of those things…..and some more we could think up!
Some of the big MSM fake news reporters were recently moved from the front to the back row, and they didn’t get called on for questions. They were pissed!
I cared just enough to enjoy seeing them get what they deserved.
Seriously…who could stay in a job like that for over 6 months?
Every morning he had to defend his boss against vile lies and fabrications that emanated from fake news. One false conspiracy after another. I would have had a laugh box with me at the podium and played it every time one of the establishment media harlots asked me another asinine tin foil hat question.
It’s obvious now what’s going on. Mueller is a hired gun for the establishment swamp dwellers. He can’t find any dirt on Trump connected to Russia so Mueller opened up the investigation into Trump’s finances for the last decade to look for any trace of malfeasance. ha. That’s like shooting fish in a barrel. If they did the same to any other American billionaire ya think they might find a little mischief here and there?
My guess is that Mueller will come up with something totally unrelated to the original allegations and blow it completely out of proportion. He directive from the swamp dwellers was to bring Trump down by hook or by crook.
Had Trump been involved in any one of the major 7 scandals we saw under Obama they would have crucified him for it.
What a dirty country we’ve evolved into. Democracy is all but dead. The elites weren’t able to rig the election – but by God, they’ll still get what they want in the end.
Medex Man said:
I think it will end in a whimper, and it will be a complete waste of millions (if not billions) of tax dollars.
Agree with you the swamp rats *want* to remove Trump by any means legal or not — but they have to be careful about the legal precedent they set.
Once you remove one president by frivolous means, every other president the swamp rats try to elect will be subject to the same treatment.
Trump is a real estate developer, not a boy scout. He has been dealing with the corruption of NYC for decades. There is no way for any NYC government to do anything against him without taking themselves down in the process.
Similar situation in Washington. They can’t take Trump down without taking themselves down at the same time. If anything, Congress has a lot more skeletons in the closet than Trump.
Meanwhile, the fiscal situation of Washington is deteriorating FAST. That is DC’s bread and butter (literally). They can’t materially raise taxes without damaging the economy. They can’t lower spending without alienating the welfare class. They can’t reduce military spending without putting millions of government bureaucrats out of work. And they can’t reduce old age spending without losing the old age vote. They are screwed if they do, and screwed if they don’t.
Trump bashing is bread and circus — intended to distract the lesser minded from the debacle Washington got itself into.
Medex Man said:
Ooops — I think the Mueller clown show will end in a whimper.
Mueller is putting all his crony lawyer friends on his task force and billing by the hour. He knows nothing will ever come of it, but they have to put on a good show to justify their fees.
If Mueller comes up empty-handed he’s done in DC. They’ll throw him under the crony gravy train in a NYC minute.
He was hired for the express purpose of bringing Trump down.
If he fails – he loses all his connections in the sugar daddy network.
He knew that going in.
Luckily for Mueller, NYC trains are broke down more than they operate.
Medex Man said:
@LFOldTimer — I am not disputing that there are some in DC who want Mueller to fabricate nonsense if needed to bring Trump down.
I am saying that “scorched Earth” is a stupid policy for anyone who hopes to win the next election. Being president of a destroyed government is pointless.
I think Washington’s greed and corruption will prevail over the infantile nonsense.
These things have a way of coming out in Trump’s favor. Usually in odd, unforeseen ways.
The travel ban? He gets practically knighted by the Saudi government, being awarded their highest civilian honor.
That flare up with Mika Brzezynski? She is humiliated. The next week Poland, of all damned places (and homeland to Mika’s father) welcomes Trump as though he were Pope John Paul II.
I’m enjoying it for the sheer entertainment value of it all. Time for another bowl of popcorn.
Just a little warning – it will get tougher and tougher to do that LOL
tooting the horn of the donald
Another special persecutor is needed in the name of fairness and reciprocity to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to put Hillary behind bars, and to investigate how Schumer and the Dem Senators colluded with Deep State DOJ operatives to create a special mandate to extend campaign 2016 indefinitely at taxpayer expense. Heard on the news that Comey was coached in rehearsals by Mueller prior to Senate testimony, and that Comey was secretly promised immunity for abuses of power and crimes as FBI director. Clearly Mueller’s office should not be above the law and beyond elected control, as is the case now. Trump and Russia are not the problem. Schumer and Mueller’s office (not Mueller personally) in collusion are the real threat to the tenuous remaining threads of USA democracy, and this requires another special persecutor now.
Can’t wait for Spicer’s “tell all” book about what is going on in the disaster area that we used to call the White House.
I expect that Spicer will become as popular as Mueller in certain circles (including the hook, line, and sinker crowd round here – we know who you are) once he spills the beans on just how incompetent and untruthful 45 is.
I don’t trust ANY of them to tell the truth. Including Spicer.
Probably a good approach at the moment. Turns out the kids forgot to list out their assets properly and our AG forgot about another Russia meeting – this one about a chat regarding the 2016 election.
mono, when will you learn?
When the MSM finally got hold of a Trump tax return, it revealed he was paying around 25%, almost double what Sanders, Obama and even Romney were paying. I was LMAO for a week on that one because I just saw it coming a mile away and the forever clueless MSM walked right into it.
The fallout from that witch hunt was a deafening silence rarely ever before witnessed in the District of Columbia. It was bigly unbelievable.
Now then, when are we going to get the long overdue audit of The Clinton Foundation? Will it be before or after Sanders wife is indicted for bank fraud?
Another believer in Donald – good luck – you will need it
Rick Miller said:
Spicer has already said the white house is not in disarray . The author like the rest of fake news is using an anonymous source, right. If I did that in college I would get an F. Poor journalism.
Not sure, at this point, whether to give government the benefit of credibility doubt,,,or Saturday Night Live?
My, my,,,what this clusterfuck must look like in the eyes of the rest of the world?
And to think, these fuckwits have the keys to the Pentagon, and all that entails.
To the rest of the world it looks like drama, the American way…this sort of turnaround and worse is going on in most countries . As Americans you are going to sense it more closely, and people who prefer a steady face to government even more so, others will play it up, like the NYT above…same abroad.
As outside observer, the only point that I really note is this – many look to the US for example, or recognise its influence and are attentive to the mood/presentation of government, so changes introduce an uncertainty and an expectation… and in this case it seems like it is going to tighten up act. The slightly improvised approach so far, which was in some way closer, is likely to be replaced with a more direct, but less accessible , management, more convincing but less revealing. It will be interesting to watch if Trump keeps his own informal approach ( I expect he will) … if he does not then that is going to be indicator to what influence is working its way through.
Obviously I am guessing as much as the next person as to how it will shape up, but that is how it seems from one person abroad.
Currency trader don’t like Trump – dollar goes weaker against Euro. No Obamacare victory – no tax cuts for the rich. Or more debt and that from a repub LOL
Too bad my European vacations will become more expensive.
If you cannot trade both ways you are not much of a trader HT. I feel so sorry for you! (not)
Ron J said:
“Currency trader don’t like Trump – dollar goes weaker against Euro.”
Currency traders that are short the dollar, obviously love Trump.
At a time when we need somebody with brains we have the greatest clown ever.
A Trump hater
Thank you so much for your objective, unbiased, well substantiated opinion Roger.
Roger still believes brains matter in Washington. It’s a noble thought, I suppose, but it’s Trump’s LACK of political savvy that will ultimately serve him best. The people already know he hasn’t got the smarts to lie his way out of things, so he goes full steam ahead.
“At a time when we need somebody with brains we have the greatest clown ever.”
As far as DC is concerned, far too many mistake “brains” for skill as silver tongued snakes which has gotten too high of a percentage of these corrupt clowns where they’re at.
“If nothing else, Trump provides entertainment value for comedians and bloggers.”
The Dems and lazy comedy writers have nothing except the constant Russian BS and people are going to get really tired of these endless “nothingburgers” by 2018. Many are even now. I seriously hope they keep this BS up and they will because that’s all they’ve got. Even the dumbest and most biased voters may eventually realize the extreme bias of the media.
Broke And Bleeding Cash, DNC Ends June $3.3 Million In Debt
“After spending a truly obscene amount of money on the Georgia special election last month, money that was proven to be completely wasted after Jon Ossoff was destroyed by Karen Handel, the DNC’s balance sheet is looking a little deflated.”
Spicer was first rate. I respect his resignation which shows character.
character notably lacking in much of the DC establishment
My impression is he was for real…prefer to see errors and accept them for what they are than be misled by clean appearance.
First rate in what sense LOL
Ben Franklin said:
The Donald is just another faux conservative used by the elites to achieve their goals. He didn’t become a repub until 2010. He’s always been somewhat libertarian on money/economics but he’s an out and out progressive. Always was. Sure he donated to both parties but he probably also donated to the mafia in NYC.
Crony corporations own both parties and there is no point in voting. Get ready for the war. Most will die.
I think President Trump is doing an awesome job. Maybe the best President ever… He’s a capitalist, non-establishment person who is Making America Great Again. The best part is – if you are not happy – you are free to leave.,
Obama surrounded himself with yes men, trump surrounds himself with strong personalities with diverse opinions. Trump is used to this and as a result people come and go when strong personalities clash. The best way to get good advice is to surround yourself with people who speak their mind and argue their points.