I can't tell you how much noise my jaw made as it dropped to the floor during Sean Spicer's press conference on Saturday when he said that the media had made up the story about Trump's rift with the intelligence community (because, yeah, the media is the entity that dropped the term "nazi," not Trump) and also that the media had lied about the number of people at the inauguration (because, yeah, size matters and the press deliberately framed photos to make the crowds look smaller).
I just felt so . . . depressed by Spicer's performance.
Here's the deal. The press and the POTUS always have a contentious relationship. If they don't, that means the press isn't doing its job. But this attack from Trump's team is unwarranted, unprecedented, and unfair. DUDES! HAVE YOU NEVER HEARD OF THE FOURTH ESTATE?!
I can't believe that Spicer, in his heart of hearts, believed a single thing he said. But I've come to the conclusion that this is Trump's end game. He won't be able to deliver on all of his grandiose promises. He ran for president. Not dictator. This means Trump has to work with other people who don't want the same things he wants. So when it becomes clear that he can't deliver, Trump has already set up a perfect patsy. The press.
He can point a finger and say, "I could have done everything I promised to do-- if only the press hadn't lied about me. SAD!"
I'm rarely political online. Not my style, really. But this. This made me ill. I somehow expected better from Spicer.