Sean Spicer’s tantrum had the White House Press Secretary telling reporters they no longer get to yell out questions, “We’re going to raise our hands like big boys and girls.”
Spicy mad, “You don’t get to just yell out questions. We’re going to raise our hands like big boys and girls.”
Watch here via Kyle Griffin, producer of MSNBC’s The Last Word.
This really just happened.
Spicer: "You don't get to just yell out questions. We're going to raise our hands like big boys and girls." pic.twitter.com/OAuf4y7pNp
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 23, 2017
There’s some irony here, of course, as Republicans justified their own elected official yelling, “You lie!” at President Obama during a Joint Session of Congress and then Neil Munro of The Daily Caller used the Rose Garden to yell questions at President Obama, both of which are not done, were not normal or okay, and were completely disrespectful.
But now, reporters will show respect or else.
Spicer’s latest outburst is a continuation of the White House war on the press. It serves as a reminder that the only Fourth Estate that the Trump administration wants in the United States is a subservient one. Reporters will be belittled and treated like children because this child-like president and by extension his administration are incapable of answering the difficult questions with facts.
Either Donald Trump’s second-grade mentality is catching, or else this is how Republicans really see the world and deal with it.
Oh, by the way, Donald Trump wants more nukes. That also happened today, as Spicy was ordering reporters to be big boys and girls. Comforting, right?
Be big girls and boys, or Spicey gonna getcha.
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