Former President Donald Trump’s press secretaries appeared to be paid liars, and that includes Sean Spicer, who falsely claimed that the crowd gathered at the 2017 inauguration was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in-person and around the globe.” Then, when reporters pushed back, and photographs showed that Trump’s crowd was much smaller in size than the one that had gathered for Barack Obama, Trump and Spicer stood by their false claim. That was just one of many of Spicer’s embarrassing moments, and he was off to a rough start. From there, it didn’t get much better.
In contrast, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has commanded respect, even by Fox News’s Peter Doocy, who offered her some praise, according to the New York Times.
‘“It never feels like I’m getting smacked down or vice versa,” Doocy said in an interview, during which he expressed respect for Ms. Psaki’s professionalism and good humor about their frequent contretemps.’ the outlet reports. ‘“I understand why it looks like that, some of the ways that stuff gets clipped, but it doesn’t feel like that in the room.”’
And personally, she’s a good person. “When I got back from my wedding,” Doocy recalled, “she made a point to tell everybody in the briefing room that I just got married. That’s a transcript I can print out and show to my kids one day.”
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Spicer, though, feels that he’s a victim. What a shocker.
“I walked into the lion’s den every day — she walks into a bunch of kittens,” Spicer said.
When Psaki was asked recently about why Trump loyalists were asked to resign from the board of the United States Military Academy, she told reporters, “I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified.”
Spicer didn’t take that well, especially since the Biden administration asked him to resign, too.
‘“Jen chose to stand and question my qualifications and services to this country. Once she did that, the gloves were off,” Mr. Spicer said,’ the Times reports. “(In 2017, when Mr. Spicer was roundly criticized for referring to Nazi death camps as “Holocaust centers,” Ms. Psaki was more magnanimous. “It’s a really tough job; everybody screws up,” she said on CNN at the time.)”