When Sean Spicer stuck his proverbial foot in his mouth by claiming botching an attempted comparison of Syrian chemical warfare and the military strategies of Adolf Hitler, many demanded that he be fired. Spicer simply dismissed the millions of Jews that were gassed in German concentration camps. Trump, though, will not fire Spicer.
The Washington Post has published the rational of President Donald Trump. The President praised White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s “ratings” during a lunch meeting last month. His ratings are enough to guarantee job security.
“I’m not firing Sean Spicer,” said Trump, according to their source. “That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in.”
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” Mr. Spicer said April 11th. “You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
Spicer spent much of that week walking back his comments. “I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week, using chemical weapons and gas,” Spicer told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison. And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”
Indeed, as President Trump pointed out, Spicer’s ratings that week were high. Many would point out that these ratings are for the wrong reasons, yet the numbers are significant.
This is a point of pride for President Trump. He’s taking flak again today for his discussion of ratings. He is now comparing his ratings to the ratings after September 11th, 2001.
The following is from his recent interview with the Associated Press:
TRUMP: “No I have, it’s interesting, I have, seem to get very high ratings. I definitely. You know Chris Wallace had 9.2 million people, it’s the highest in the history of the show. I have all the ratings for all those morning shows. When I go, they go double, triple. Chris Wallace, look back during the Army-Navy football game, I did his show that morning.”
AP: “I remember, right.”
TRUMP: “It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, (CBS “Face the Nation” host John) Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It’s the highest for “Face the Nation” or as I call it, “Deface the Nation.” It’s the highest for “Deface the Nation” since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”
Is this the new standard for success? Any press is good press.