Now that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer no longer works for Donald Trump, he’s been resurfacing every now and then to criticize his former boss and the Trump administration.
As Trump breaks presidential tradition and pretty much ignores that the Super Bowl is happening, Spicer went on Fox News to speak with Howard Kurtz about his former boss and to shamelessly promote his new tell-all book, “The Briefing.”
While Spicer making an appearance on Fox News is nothing out of the ordinary, what he said surprised viewers tremendously. In a conversation about Trump’s attacks on the media, Spicer actually agreed that Trump has greatly contributed to the growing tension between the White House and the free press.
During the discussion, Kurtz suggested that the popular anti-Trump stance that the mainstream press often takes was not only about his policies and ideology, but about Trump’s personal character. Spicer expressed agreement with Kurtz and said that the media was biased against conservatives. Kurtz then asked Spicer:
Does President Trump contribute to the hostile relations with his attacks on fake news and individual journalists?”
With Trump no longer breathing down his neck, Spicer actually told the truth for once. He said:
I think so.”
This is something that would have had Trump and the entire White House freaking out over, as they continue to try to portray Trump as an innocent victim who is being unnecessarily targeted by the media. To have someone from Trump’s administration make this admission is big.
Spencer must have felt that he’d made too strong of a statement because he quickly followed that up with, “but I also think he has a right to call out when a story is false or a narrative is misleading. ”
You can watch the Fox News segment below, with Spicer’s comments starting at about the 6-minute mark:
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