If you miss Melissa McCarthy's political caricature of Sean Spicer on SNL, you might be in luck, because the actress is getting a whole lot of new material to work with. The former White House press secretary is writing a book about Donald Trump's campaign, transition, and the first few months of his presidency. If you remember, Spicer spent about six months in the White House.
According to the book's conservative publisher Regency Publishing, The Briefing, which is set to be released July 23, 2018, will shed a "new light on the headline-grabbing controversies of the Trump administration's first year." Spicer's political memoir will not only describe his chaotic tenure as the White House press secretary, but it will also address important, and often controversial, moments during the Trump campaign, his election, and his team's turbulent transition. It is unlikely, however, to provide any real insight on the press secretary's most infamous lies, misrepresentations, and public outbursts that made him a household name earlier this year.
During an appearance on Hannity on Monday, the former presidential spokesman announced his book's publication, saying "I've decided that it is incumbent upon me to set the record straight and give people a real understanding of what happened through each of those crucial points in our history." He also took time criticize the press for a "mass amount of incorrect and malicious attacks on the president," and insist that his book will clear up misconceptions about Trump's campaign, nomination, transition, and the first six months in the White House.
It is no secret that Spicer is not a fan of the mainstream media. The former Republican National Committee communications director and Trump White House press secretary regularly engaged in public battles with reporters, including one particularly notable instance where he attacked American Urban Radio Network correspondent April Ryan during a press briefing , demanding in part "Stop shaking your head." In another instance, he got in a heated argument with The New York Times' Peter Baker over accusations of "fake news," a term that became one of Spicer's most repeated lines during his short but unforgettable tenure behind the White House press podium.
Spicer only served as the White House press secretary for the Trump administration until July, when he reportedly resigned over disagreements with the president's appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as the administration's communications director. Regardless of his short tenure, his six months on the job were filled with more than enough conflict and controversy to fill the pages of a juicy memoir. Not only was Spicer famously combative with reporters, but he made an egregious and incorrect Holocaust comparison, regularly mispronounced or misused words during televised briefings, and reportedly lied to the public about the inauguration crowd size and Paul Manafort's role in the Trump campaign, among other things. Oh, and who can forget the time he hid in the bushes to avoid taking questions about James Comey's firing? Chances are, some of these most embarrassing moments won't make it into the book, but one can only hope that The Briefing will address the hide-and-seek allegations, Steve Bannon's alleged fat shaming, the fact he was reportedly snubbed from meeting Pope Francis, and what exactly he believed "Covfefe" actually meant.
It seems like, at the very least, The Briefing will give us Spicer's perspective on these bizarre moments in history. The real question is: When is Melissa McCarthy writing a parody version of the book? Now that's a political memoir I'd love to read.
The Briefing will be out July 23, 2018 from Regency Publisher.