On Thursday, Sean Spicer up and quit after Donald Trump brought in Wall Street kingpin Anthony Scaramucci as his new communications director.
The much-loathed White House press secretary has been doing double duty since Mike Dubke left two months ago. But he’s been on thin ice with Team Trump for his irate communications style and getting ridiculed every week by Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live. In fact, he’s taken a back seat and the equally repellent Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the press conferences now.
The New York Times reports Sean Spicer wasn’t alone in pushing back against Anthony Scaramucci leading the communications team. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has also expressed reservations due to his lack of public policy experience, not to mention potential conflicts of interests with his investments abroad. To add insult to injury, Scaramucci would have been Spicer’s boss.
But the GOP’s president has never cared a lick about experience or conflicts of interest. He — along with his daughter Ivanka, son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — like how he looks on Fox News while bashing CNN and their other enemies. There’s no way the perpetually aggrieved Sean Spicer can compete against that.
Which brings us to the real point of this exercise. While others report on the White House’s endless infighting and the lack of respect Sean Spicer gets from the press, MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace has a different take. But first Andrea Mitchell introduced the her and pointed out that Anthony Scaramucci’s skill set “doesn’t involve any knowledge of Congress, of how to negotiate for healthcare, tax reform, or anything else” on Donald Trump’s agenda.
Then Wallace, a political analyst and past White House communications director for George W. Bush, weighed in. “This is not ‘All the President’s Men‘, these are all Sean Hannity’s men,” she declared. Anthony Scaramucci has the kind of face the GOP’s president wants to represent the White House. Plus Jay Sekulow, who now leads Donald Trump’s embattled legal team, is close friends with the new appointee.
After all, as Nicole Wallace points out, “I think everybody here knows that Donald Trump is not a man steeped in the machinations of policy making or the ups and downs of the presidency.” Instead, it’s all about how he looks on TV. “This is about the president hiring better front men,” she explains, ” and the president continuing to be obsessed with how he’s perceived on cable news.” Since Anthony Scaramucci’s bashes Trump’s arch-enemy CNN and looks good doing it, the Trump family loves him.
That’s right Sean Spicer’s ouster isn’t about his constant lying. It’s the way he didn’t look telegenic while lying that did him in. Or as Wallace states:
“So I wish this were a story about a really important job inside the White House, a post that speaks for the country and the president around the world. But this is about Donald Trump wanting better-looking men spreading his message.”
WATCH: Nicole Wallace’s brutal take on why Donald Trump replaced Sean Spicer with Anthony Scaramucci on MSNBC.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 21, 2017
Correction: an earlier version of this post referred to Anthony Scaramucci as a senior advisor to the White House before being named Communications Director. We regret the error.
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