Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, has come under fire for lying about the size of the crowds at Trump’s inauguration. During a press conference, Spicer said that Trump had the largest crowds of any president in history.
‘This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.’
Of course, this wasn’t true. President Obama, for example, drew larger crowds in 2009. While not an inauguration, the Woman’s March on Washington drew more people than did the president’s inauguration. About 800,000 or so were estimated to attend the inauguration whereas millions of people attended the protest marches.
Brian Fallon, a former press secretary for Hillary Clinton and spokesperson for the Justice Department, accused Spicer of lying in order to appease Trump.
‘Sean Spicer lacks the guts or integrity to refuse orders to go out and lie. He is a failure in this job on his first full day.’
Sean Spicer lacks the guts or integrity to refuse orders to go out and lie. He is a failure in this job on his first full day.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) January 21, 2017
However, it wasn’t just Democrats who were critical of the way Spicer handled the situation. Ari Fleischer, who served as George W. Bush’s press secretary, also criticized Spicer’s handling of the situation.
‘This is called a statement you’re told to make by the President. And you know the President is watching.’
This is called a statement you're told to make by the President. And you know the President is watching.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 21, 2017
Later, in response to another tweet, Fleischer said that there comes a point when you have to be willing to stand up to your boss and tell the truth. He acknowledged that this might not be the battle to fight, but said there was a line that had to be drawn.
‘At some point, you stand up for the truth and what is correct. Maybe not here, but at some point’
At some point, you stand up for the truth and what is correct. Maybe not here, but at some point
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) January 21, 2017
We’ve never worked for the President of the United States, but we imagine it must be hard to tell him no especially on the first day. That being said, it isn’t like Spicer doesn’t know about Trump’s history of lying. Spicer should have known he’d be asked to lie when taking the job. The fact that he did anyway suggests that he is comfortable with twisting the truth in order to secure political points.
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