In Memoriam: Sean Spicer’s career

Remembering everyone’s favorite White House press secretary

Illustrator: Katie Heywood

Illustrator: Katie Heywood

Sean Spicer, who was notably portrayed  on SNL by Melissa McCarthy, will no longer be the White House press secretary. He held the position for six months.

He will now have a more behind-the-scenes role overseeing communications strategy for the White House.

On his best days, he would explain the intricacies of President Trump’s twitter tirades to a room full of members of the press. On his worst, he would make inaccurate and offensive references to the Holocaust. Either way, his antics were always comedy gold for late night TV show hosts.

Early on in Trump’s presidency, Spicer’s press briefings were an almost daily on-air occurrence of gaffes and lashing out at members of the White House press corps. President Trump even boasted that Spicer’s briefings were ratings gold. It seemed everyone wanted to watch Spicer, for better or for worse.

But recently, the briefings have receded from their daily prominence, and Spicer with it. He took to holding briefings off-camera, and prohibiting audio recording, claiming that there are days in which the White House decides that it’s best if the president speaks for himself. As Spicer’s job was literally to speak on behalf of the administration, we all knew that this meant his end was near.

Spicer, who has years of experience as communications director for the Republican National Committee, is now expected to focus more on message development and strategy for the Trump administration, rather than being one of the administration’s most visible figures.

No one will ever beat Spicer’s ability to attempt to spin any scandals involving the Trump administration. There was the time he insisted Trump’s inauguration was witnessed by the “largest audience ever,” even when it was very much not true. He even insisted that the president’s travel ban was not a ban, though the president himself called it a ban. Spicer caught grief from both sides. Reporters would question his facts, while the president would question whether or not Spicer should be fired. It’s safe to say that White House press briefings will no longer be quite the spectacle that they were with Spicer at the podium.

He will be succeeded by his deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and possibly Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham or Daily Mail editor David Martosko. For those looking to pay their respects to Spicer’s career, you can tweet at him, leave comments on any YouTube video about him, or wear an upside-down flag pin.