After a mere six months on the job, Sean Spicer is out of the job. The beleaguered White House press secretary resigned on Friday morning amid disagreement with President Donald Trump over the reported hiring of financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director. And to nobody's surprise, the news set off a wave of tweets and memes about Spicer, marking the end of one of the most controversial and widely mocked press secretary tenures in recent memory.
You probably don't need to spill any tears for Spicer. The 45-year-old career GOP political aide enjoyed an enormous platform throughout his six months on the job, and although nothing's yet been announced, he's a virtual shoo-in to claim a media job if he wants one. Prior to Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election, and the subsequent resignation of Trump campaign comms director Jason Miller, Spicer was a semi-regular presence on CNN, and it wouldn't be at all surprising to see him on TV screens again very soon.
But he won't be forgotten by all the people who sat through his press briefings and watched some of his, well, decidedly awkward and bizarre moments. Here are some of the best tweets and jokes making the rounds on social media right now.
1. The Best Tribute
The best tribute to Sean Spicer would be for someone to stand up in the briefing room and insist that Spicer absolutely did not quit, period— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 21, 2017
2. Congratulations To Sean Spicer
Congratulations to Sean Spicer for finally chewing all the way through his leg.— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) July 21, 2017
3. More Guts Than Jeff Sessions
Congratulations Sean Spicer. You've got more guts than Jeff Sessions!— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) July 21, 2017
4. Sean Spicer Had The Largest Group Ever
The fact is, Sean Spicer had the largest group ever to attend a going away party. Period.— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) July 21, 2017
5. A Man Of Principle
Trump: Tell a million lies.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) July 21, 2017
Spicer: You got it boss!
Trump: I'm hiring this guy.
Spicer: I'm a man of principle! I quit.
6. It Was A Tough Assignment
It was a tough assignment but Spicer definitely emerges from it with reputation enhanced and ready for the next opportunity.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 21, 2017
7. Thrown Under A Bus
RIP Sean Spicer. Died from being thrown under a bus.— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) July 21, 2017
8. So Much Quitting
Trump's lawyers quit, Spicer quits, so much quitting you'll get tired of quitting— Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) July 21, 2017
9. Refusing To Watch Any Spicer Videos
Refusing to watch any Spicer videos that are not set to Sarah McLachlan songs.— Michelle Dean (@michelledean) July 21, 2017
10. Things Are Pretty Bad
Things are pretty bad when SEAN SPICER is the gutsiest member of your party— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) July 21, 2017
11. Can't Wait To See Sean Spicer Waltz
Can't wait to see Sean Spicer waltz on Dancing With the Stars.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) July 21, 2017
12. Ain't Good Money
"all money ain't good money." -sean spicer— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) July 21, 2017
13. A Bit Less Seasoned
Sean Spicer's exit leaves the White House a bit less seasoned— julia craven (@juliacraven) July 21, 2017
14. Leaving The White House
Sean Spicer seen leaving The White House after his resignation pic.twitter.com/tISQ1jJKOb— b.b (@Benoo_Brown) July 21, 2017
15. I Wonder...
I wonder if Sean Spicer ever got around to asking whether Trump still thinks climate change is a hoax before he quit— Patrick Caldwell (@patcaldwell) July 21, 2017
16. Spicer's Most Outrageous Lie
17. I Don't Even Care
Just asked Nancy Pelosi about Spicer resignation. "I don't even care," she says.— Casey Tolan (@caseytolan) July 21, 2017
You can probably go ahead and hand Nancy Pelosi the award for the shortest, sweetest response to all this business. Given that she's leading the House Democratic minority amid an age of entirely Republican-controlled government, to say she has better things to do than worry about who's taking questions from the press corps is probably an understatement.
As for the future of the communications department, Scaramucci announced in his first public press conference on Friday that the White House press secretary job will be permanently taken over by Spicer's former deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.