Melissa McCarthy will be hosting SNL this week, and The Russian Usurper and the Angry Inch are practically writing the script for them. Take it away, Axios morning email thingie!
Act I … WashPost’s Jenna Johnson on Tuesday night, “After Trump fired Comey, White House staff scrambled to explain why”: “As Democrats and Republicans began to criticize and question the firing with increasing levels of alarm, Spicer and two prominent spokeswomen [Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway] were suddenly speed-walking up the White House drive to defend the president on CNN, Fox News and Fox Business.”
“After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these [TV standup] sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged.”
Act II … “Spicer in the bushes” trends hard: “Someone mashed Sean Spicer with that GIF of Homer Simpson hiding in the bushes” … “11 Hilarious Memes of Sean Spicer Literally Hiding in Bushes” … “Spicer Hid in the Bushes … and the Internet Roasted Him in Seconds” … “A Sean Spicer In The Bushes Meme-Fest” … “17 Of The BEST Sean Spicer Hiding In Bushes Memes The Internet BLESSED Us With Today.”
Act III … WashPost “EDITOR’S NOTE” added to Jenna’s dispatch: “This story has been updated to more precisely describe White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s location late Tuesday night in the minutes before he briefed reporters. Spicer huddled with his staff among bushes near television sets on the White House grounds, not ‘in the bushes,’ as the story originally stated.”
It isn’t Moses in the bullrushes, but it is close to Bachmann in the hedge, which is one of the funnier moments in her fabled, nutty career. But this is where we are now in the 4th Reich as tragedy becomes farce and farce becomes slapstick. Take note, SNL!
And then, there’s this from Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!):
“Trump holds auditions while Spicer’s away,” by Tara Palmeri and Hadas Gold: “Press secretary Sean Spicer’s absence from the briefing room on Wednesday comes at a tenuous time, as President Donald Trump has asked senior advisers for weeks if he needs to change the face of his administration, several White House officials and outside advisers to the president said. Trump was pleased with deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ performance on Friday, when she first filled in for Spicer on camera during the midday briefing, three White House aides said, adding that he has talked about grooming her for Spicer’s more visible role. They said the press team’s much-criticized handling of Trump’s decision Tuesday to fire FBI Director James Comey may have further made the case to Trump that Sanders should take over the podium.
“Trump has asked senior aides for their opinions about her performance since Friday. He thought she did well again on Wednesday when she had the difficult task of taking questions about Trump’s blockbuster announcement that he’d ousted Comey, one White House official said. Sanders will cover the briefings for the rest of the week, since Spicer is on Naval Reserve duty, as he was last Friday when she took the podium. Naval reservists are required to serve one weekend per month and 10 days per year.”
My fluency in HR is waning, but I seem to recall that you cannot fire someone due to absences from work to perform Reserve Duty. Of course normal rules do not apply to The Russian Usurper, so anchors away!
But the sader thing, when you contemplate this for a moment is that the marginally qualified Angry Inch is likely going to be replaced with Elmer Gantry’s daughter, which of course means ol’ Huckabee is going to get an extension on his shelf life. He’s like the Kraft Singles of grifters.