According to Michael Wolff’s new book, Spicer’s mantra was “you can’t make this shit up.”
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer had the ignominious job of defending or explaining the decisions and lies of an erratic president. Now, in journalist Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury, it is possible to relive some of Spicer’s public humiliation.
Spicer doesn’t play a starring role in the book, which dishes gossip and details from Trump’s first year in the White House. That’s probably because, at least in Wolff’s account, he was largely marginalized in a presidential administration with an outsized obsession with the media.
But Spicer’s occasional cameos are a reminder of the dysfunction that permeated the White House, particularly in the early months of the administration — or, really, on Day 1, when Spicer stood at the podium and defended fake inauguration crowds to reporters.
Wolff characterizes Spicer as Trump’s “flunky and whipping boy,” and treats him with a mixture of pity and disdain. In Wolff’s view, he was a “mild-mannered, process-oriented professional” turned into a “joke figure standing at the White House door.” The author describes Spicer’s daily mantra as “you can’t make this shit up.”
Wolff’s book has its own “you can’t make this shit up” quality — calling into question just how accurate his account is. As Vox’s Andrew Prokop explained, the book has been scrutinized for the sourcing and authenticity of some of its most sensational scenes. Nevertheless, its broad outlines — an uncontrollable, mercurial president and a factionalized White House — were echoed in many news reports throughout Trump’s first year in office.
Spicer told George Stephanopolous on Good Morning America that he had met with Wolff. He said some of the anecdotes are true and the quotes are correct, “but the context Read More Here