How many screw ups does it take for Sean Spicer to get fired? Does anyone doubt that in any other, regular job, most of these morons in the White House would be long gone?
Compare Sean Spicer’s day today to the poorly chosen statement by United’s CEO Oscar Munoz yesterday.
This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers. Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation.
The backlash was immediate. It was tonedeaf. “Re-accommodate” was not the right word. The stock went down as the Internet responded. The CEO was forced to release a second statement today, this one much more humble and apologetic.
“I continue to be disturbed by what happened on this flight, and I deeply apologize to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard,” CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement. “No one should ever be mistreated this way.”
This is a man who knows his ass is on the line. He understands his shareholders are concerned about customer happiness and brand loyalty. Munoz realized he screwed up, and he attempted to correct it.
Now look at Sean Spicer. Even setting aside his history of foolishness, his ridiculous comments today about the Holocaust are easily a fireable offense in and of themselves. But his pathetic attempts to make it better only reinforce that.
“You had a — someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said.
Later in the briefing, Spicer tried to clarify by claiming that Hitler “was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”
Spicer appeared to coin a new euphemism when he said that Hitler brought people into “Holocaust centers” — presumably also known as concentration camps. (TPM)
After the briefing, he issued three additional “corrections,” none of which made anything any better.
“In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people.”
He then changed “innocent people” to “population centers”. Afterwards, he added, “Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.” To top it all off, these remarks were made on Passover of all days.
Perhaps he could take a lesson from Munoz and begin with “I am sorry. I apologize.” I would suggest adding a humble, “I am a complete and total buffoon, and I made a complete shit stain of myself today in the briefing.” At that point I might decide to listen to his apology, but until then, it is merely another in a long stream of bull. Sean Spicer is part of an administration with a reputation for Holocaust denial, and he did not help that today. In the end, it is because there is no blowback on him for his mistakes. He will still have his job tomorrow, because his boss is just as incompetent as he is.