Sean Spicer has more to atone for than one press conference

Trump's former mouthpiece doesn't plan on distancing himself from the president, and no one should expect him to

Published September 19, 2017 9:24AM (EDT)

Sean Spicer (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)
Sean Spicer (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he regretted his first press conference, in which he lied and became hostile regarding the size of President Donald Trump's inauguration crowd. But the former mouthpiece for the administration has far more to atone for than just his first day on the job.

"Of course I do, absolutely," Spicer said, referring to his regret about being critical of news reports that former President Barack Obama drew more of a crowd at his inauguration in an interview with the New York Times on Monday.

Spicer mocked the entire ordeal when he made a surprise appearance at Sunday night's Emmy broadcast, which received some well-deserved criticism.

Spicer may regret some of his first-day comments, but he still doesn't want to burn any bridges between himself and his former boss.

"I certainly hope not," Spicer said when asked if he thought the president would take offense to his Emmys cameo. "This was an attempt to poke a little fun at myself and add a little bit of levity to the event."

The former spokesman also said that "people are reading too much into this," after he was hit with criticism and suggested people shouldn't take it so seriously, according to the Associated Press.

While Spicer's appearance may have been in jest and he appears somewhat remorseful over his first-day temper tantrum, he has plenty more to seek forgiveness for. His lies and often misleading press conferences filled with pretzel-twisting over the president's behavior are not something to be proud of or something that he should expect to be off the hook from anytime soon.

By Charlie May

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