Spicer once infamously compared Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Hitler. 'You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons,' Spicer said. Photograph: (Reuters)
Spicer, who resigned his job Friday, lasted six months as White House press secretary
Sean Spicer resigned from his job as the White House press secretary on Friday reportedly because he was unhappy with the choice of Anthony Scaramucci as the new the director of communications.
Spicer’s term at the White House was turbulent for part -- to be fair, being Donald Trump's spokesman is arguably the toughest job in the world -- provoking the ire of reporters.
He lasted six months.
Spicer burst on to the scene in January 2017 with a rant at reporters, in which he scolded them for deliberately under-reporting the size of President Trump’s Inauguration Day crowd.
His friction with the media prompted NBC’s Saturday Night Live to caricature him.
Melissa McCarthy played "Spicey", a character who swallowed gum and drove a motorised lectern into reporters who asked hard questions.
Two months into his term at the White House, Spicer was accused of racism by an Indian-origin woman.
“How does it feel to work for a fascist?” Shree Chauhan had asked him at an Apple store in Washington.
““Such a great country that allows you to be here,” Spicer replied.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been accused of racism by an Indian-American woman. Here's more to this story (WION)
Then there was the comparison of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Hitler in April.
"You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," Spicer said.
Obviously, considering the Nazis gas chambers, a furore ensued.
Spicer's live televised briefings drew big audiences, and he found himself the butt of social media jokes and memes,
Here are a few:
When he refused to take questions from the press and reporters kept calling his name in unison:
When Twitterati couldn't get over his past as an Easter bunny:
The memes did not stop after his resignation.
Like this one inspired by the time he and his staff huddled behind bushes on the White House complex trying to come up answers to reporters' questions on former FBI director James Comey's firing:
Reuters reported Spicer was spotted around the White House complex after his resignation. He was described by colleagues as being in a good mood and feeling he had made the right decision.
Sean Spicer seen leaving The White House after resignation— Chris Smith (@Lilyachttty) July 21, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders has taken up Spicer's job. She is the new White House press secretary.
Sanders is former Arkansas governor Mick Huckabee's daughter.
In picture: Sarah Sanders and Anthony Scaramucci arrive at the White House. (Reuters)
There had been reports earlier that Trump had not been happy with Spicer. That he thought Spicer wasn't doing a good enough job of speaking for (read protecting) him.
The reports speculated that a change was in the offing.
Now, some people are asking why it took so long to come.