White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Spicer answered questions about the Dakota Pipeline, infrastructure, jobs and other topics. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Sean Spicer finds his true calling: Meet the kindergarten teacher whose expertise is addressing five-year-olds

"The Daily Show" asked if Spicer treats the press like kindergarteners — and the answer is obviously yes


Rachel Leah
April 6, 2017 11:10PM (UTC)

Have you ever watched Press Secretary Sean Spicer man the White House briefing room and think, 'it's like he's talking to children rather than White House correspondents?' Well, the many instances where he has told reporters "don't interrupt" or "stop shaking your head" or "you don't get to yell out questions" inspired one video editor to bring Mr. Spicer, the kindergarten teacher, to life.

The folks at "The Daily Show" set out to answer the question: "Does @SeanSpicer treat the press like a bunch of kindergarteners?" The answer, of course, is yes.

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In the video, the team swaps reporters with five-year-olds and tests Spicer's rhetoric inside a kindergarten classroom. "You don't get to just yell out questions," Mr. Spicer says. "We're going to raise our hands like big boys and girls."

They also remade the bizarre — and condescending — recent exchange between Spicer and April Ryan, when the press secretary told Ryan to "stop shaking [her] head" as he interrupted her question.

But the five-year-old wasn't as professional as the veteran reporter, and Spicer's command seemed justified.

The video ends with the entire class growing tired of Spicer and chanting: "We want tax returns! We want tax returns! We want tax returns!"

If a 2020 re-election campaign doesn't pan out for Trump, at least Spicer has some options. "The Daily Show" says Spicer might have stumbled upon his true calling as "a disdainful, overworked kindergarten teacher."

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Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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