President Trump continues to bring the old gang back together, announcing a pair of new positions to former flunkies who flamed out spectacularly in his first six months in office.
Disgraced former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and the ex-RNC Chairman Reinhold “Reince” Priebus, the shortest-serving Chief of Staff in presidential history, have both been appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Spicer was best known for holding a surreal emergency press conference to inform the media Trump’s tepid inauguration crowd was larger than President Obama’s massive 2008 inaugural crowd, the most flagrant of numerous attempts to sell blatant lies to the American people.
Priebus is best known for being “front-stabbed” by the President’s short-lived comms director Anthony Scaramucci (who also forced out Spicer) after “cock-blocking” him shortly before being dumped by Trump and later becoming ensnared in the Mueller probe.
Now, both men will join retread Senior Advisor Hope Hicks in the White House by helping Trump decide which young leaders to hire for prestigious fellowships.
Readers might not be surprised to learn that Sean Spicer’s post-White House career quickly hit the rocks when he could not find television jobs “due to lack of credibility,” which he really should have seen coming after spending several months lying to the American people.
He finally managed to land a panned gig on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, where Spicer infamously sported a lime-green ruffle shirt and stuck around far longer than his talent allowed because a certain president used his Twitter account to whip votes.
More recently, the former Press Secretary took to a website where he will record your Valentine’s Day greeting for the price of $199 of your hard-earned dollars. Unfortunately, they don’t guarantee that anyone will believe Spicer when your spouse gets the message from him saying that you love them.
On the other hand, Rience Priebus has had a far more subdued career since leaving the White House. A few months after Priebus’ departure, the former GOP Party Chair gave testimony to Special Counsel investigators that backed up former FBI Director Jim Comey’s account about a 1-on-1 meeting that Bob Mueller said could still lead to Trump’s indictment.
Since then, Reince Priebus enrolled in the US Navy, where the 47-year-old took a commission as an Ensign last summer. He’s a junior officer but he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence.
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is sending the executive branch into re-runs after three years because it must be difficult to find anyone who wants to be associated with his corrupt political brand.
Trump’s White House has been a constant source of political instability, cronyism, lies and intrigue and his latest two hires contributed massively to the circus-like atmosphere by signing on to be his first top-hires, then carrying out literally any orders given.
Now, Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus will have a second chance to bask in the glow of association with the White House.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition