Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is no stranger to landing himself in controversy. On Monday morning, Spicer said Oprah Winfrey lacked political experience to run for the position of the president of the United States. Spicer shared his thoughts on the British TV program called Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan.
As soon as the former press secretary shared his thoughts and went live, viewers took to Twitter to teach Spicer a quick lesson in history. Spicer—their running message said—was forgetting just who exactly he worked for.
On the show, Spicer told the Good Morning Britain hosts,
I think Oprah is an icon in this country and frankly, throughout the world. She's got a huge following that's really not political and she speaks very powerfully to women at this point in our political discourse and in our society. So, there's no question in mind that she would be a formidable opponent. That being said, she doesn't have the political infrastructure. And we've seen this before in our history where people who have tried to pop in that are not in politics and have had a difficult time adjusting.
As soon as Spicer shared his thoughts, Morgan lost it and shouted on-air, "Sean, Sean, Sean! The current president of the United States had no political experience! Sean! You were his press secretary! Have you forgotten Donald Trump?!" As if realizing the mess he inadvertently landed himself into, Spicer tried to save himself and said,
Let me finish! That withstanding, president Donald Trump proves that there is an appetite for outsiders, and that you don’t necessarily have to have [experience]. The question is: Was that an anomaly, or is that the new norm? That's all I'm getting at.
"I 100 percent know who I used to work for," Spicer said.
On Twitter, viewers reacted to Spicer's comments by expressing confusion, frustration, and plain ol' laughter at the seeming lack of awareness the former press secretary exhibited on TV. Spicer may have briefly mentioned Trump's very own lack of "political infrastructure" but he did not mention that the current president of the United States lacked political experience as well as infrastructure even when he was on the 2016 presidential campaign trail.
One Twitter user Richard Freeman said, "Sean Spicer says Oprah does not have the political experience to be president. How ironic is that? He worked for a guy who is still politically illiterate. Oprah has always exhibited professionalism, has shown empathy toward all people, and has more common sense than Trump!"
Other Twitter users used gifs to encapsulate their thoughts. Like this gif of rapper 50 Cent holding a cardboard sign saying, "C'mon, son!"
Many Twitter users simply couldn't look away from the glaring irony in Spicer's statements.
One Twitter user said that Spicer's commentary infuriated him. "I just read the sentence 'Sean Spicer says Oprah Winfrey doesn't have the political experience to be president' and now I have to set everything on fire."
Again and again, the irony in Spicer's statement left people speechless. One user tweeted, "Sean Spicer (with a straight face) just said, 'Oprah Winfrey does not have the political experience to become President,' apparently forgetting where he spent the first eight months of 2017."
If words failed people, Twitter users took to expressive GIFs to get their points across.
Whether you're rooting for Oprah or not, Spicer's commentary demonstrated an apparent lack of introspection needed from a former press secretary. Time and again, political analysts have written about Trump's lack of political experience and how it hurts the country. Spicer's failing to clearly and definitively declare this while highlighting a lack of "political infrastructure" left Twitter rolling its collective eyes.