After a controversial run as the White House Press Secretary under President Donald Trump in 207, Sean Spicer resigned just six months after taking the post. He was accused of stating false facts during press conferences that created a contentious relationship with the press corps. Spicer also became the butt of pop culture jokes. Since leaving the White House in August 2017, Spicer has tried to create a new career for himself in the media, by publishing a book and giving speeches. Most recently, Spicer made an appearance in an interview following President Trump’s State of the Union Speech which led many believe that Spicer was inebriated making him the butt of pop culture jokes once again. Whatever happened to Sean Spicer?
How he got to the White House
Sean Spencer was born in Manhasset, New York on September 23, 1971 and grew up in Rhode Island. Even in high school, Spicer was active in local politics. He graduated with a degree in Government from Connecticut College. Spicer received his master’s degree in National Security from Newport, Rhode Island’s Naval War College. In the meantime, he worked for several Republican political campaigns before becoming a public affairs office in the US Navy. Spicer made his way to Washington DC in 2016 when he was assigned to the naval reserve contingent of Joint Chiefs of Staffs. Spicer would become the communications director for the House Government Reform Committee, the House Budget Committee and the Republican Conference of the US House of Representatives. Under George W. Bush’s administration, he worked in media and public affairs. Spicer cofounded the public relations firm Endeavor Global Strategies in 2009. He served as communications director and chief strategist for the Republican National Committee. Despite early criticism of Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Sean Spicer became the twenty-eighth White House Press Secretary as well as the White House Communication Director when Donald Trump became President of the United States in 2017.
Press Secretary, What Spicer Got Wrong
Sean Spicer’s role as the White House Press Secretary would only last six months. He helped create a contentious relationship between the White House and the press corps. Spicer was called out on several misstated facts beginning right after the Presidential Inauguration when he boasted of well overstated record crowds. In April 2017, Spicer commented on the chemical attacks in Syria and stated that Hitler wouldn’t have even used chemicals when he actually did. At one point, Spicer wore an American flag pin upside down. Along with angering the press corps, Spicer was ridiculed by the public. Actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy famously satirized Spicer on several episodes of “Saturday Night Live”. Spicer resigned from his position as White House Press Secretary on July 21, 2017 and officially left the White House in August.
Post White House Appearances
Following his resignation and leaving the White House, Sean Spencer appeared in public once again. Just a month after leaving the White House, he appeared as a parody of himself during the Emmy Awards Ceremony. The public wasn’t quite ready to laugh. He also began making the rounds in the media and television news shows like “Good Morning America”.
Later in 2017, Sean Spicer wanted to reinvent himself. He began talking with Hollywood entertainment companies. He eventually signed with Bob Barnett, a television attorney who has worked with former presidents, first ladies and candidates. Spicer hoped to get jobs as a political consultant on cable news channels.
With Bob Barnett representing him, Sean Spicer has gradually gotten some name recognition. He gives paid speeches through a deal with the Worldwide Speakers Group. He sometimes appears on cable news shows, particularly Fox News. Spicer also published a book in 2018, “The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President”, which has taken him on book tours. The book which praises President Trump has been criticized for its inaccuracies. Critics have compared “The Briefing” to Spicer’s disastrous time serving as White House Press Secretary.
What He’s Up To Now
Sean Spicer continues to try to remake a name for himself and repair his reputation as the failed White House Press Secretary. He was in talks to appear as a political analysis on CNN but that plan was dropped. He also was in talks to appear on “Dancing With the Stars”, but that idea fell through. In the meantime, Spicer appears from time to time on cable news shows. He continues his speaking engagements after last summer and fall’s book tour. He also hosts podcasts. Most recently, Sean Spicer appeared in an interview for Blaze TV, a conservative channel at the Trump Hotel following President Trump’s State of the Union Address. The interview was uncomfortable as Spicer appeared to have had a few drinks earlier, slurred his speech and at times made unintelligible comments. Spicer again became Twitter fodder. Will Sean Spicer ever be able to reinvent himself?