Donald Trump’s incoming press secretary is begging the American public to stop mocking the election winner.
In an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Sean Spicer, who will serve as Trump’s press secretary, made the strange comment: “Everything he does right now, he gets — he speaks for the head of Sprint, gets 5,000 jobs moved from abroad. And everyone starts to mock him. Oh, those jobs were already announced. They weren’t. The sales jobs have been a previous announce. These jobs were coming from abroad to America. And instead of trying to mock him or undermine him, it’s time that people started to give him credit for actually getting things done.”
Trump is experiencing scrutiny, which is part and parcel of the job of president. When he takes the oath on January 20th, he will be getting more in-depth coverage than he has ever received for his entire life.
The statement from Spicer appears to be an admission that during the presidential campaign, Trump did not receive enough criticism or scrutiny, and is now ill-prepared to deal with the intensified coverage he will have to deal with in his new position.
It may also be a warning for the press, who already has less access to Trump than it has previous election winners (he has refused to give a press conference, which other modern election winners have). Spicer may be signaling that scrutiny of Trump and his beloved tweets could result in even further distance between the politician and the press. Since the modern press corps values access so highly, threatening it may be an attempt to warn them that this avenue may soon be cut off for press outlets that refuse to play Trump’s game.
In addition to promoting white supremacists multiple times, Trump has also used his Twitter account to promote the birther conspiracy, the idea that the 2012 election was stolen, and unfounded conspiracies about the 2016 election being “rigged.”