POLITICS | PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2017
Following Kathy Griffin’s widely criticized photograph of her holding Trump’s fake severed head, the conservative media was quick to condemn the comedian’s attack on the President as unprecedented. It, of course, was not.
A press pool reporter brings up the issue of Ted Nugent to Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer.
“I wanted to ask about Ted Nugent who joked multiple times about assassinating President Barack Obama, who said Hillary Clinton should be hanged. He was invited to the White House for dinner by President Trump. Do you believe that was appropriate? And if Trump was offended by this incident, why was he not bothered by all of Mr. Nugent’s comments?”
Spicer tried to dodge the question, responding only to the Kathy Griffin aspect. The reporter, however, quickly fired back.
“But why was it okay for Mr. Nugent to make these comments?”
The reporter, prepared for Spicer’s deflection, immediately responded with Nugent’s comment:
“I’m not—to be honest with you, I’d have to look back and see what those statements were and what the reaction was at the time.”
“Suck on my machine gun—”
“I understand,” Spicer stammers, “but I’m not aware of what the reaction was at the time.”
Amid Spicer’s blind defense of Trump, the Press Secretary seems to overlook the fact that the “reaction at the time” does little to answer for Trump’s blatant hypocrisy when it comes to hateful speech. Spicer can continue to stammer his way through his press briefings, humiliating himself and the President in the process, but even a child can see through his tepid excuses.