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NY Times rips Spicer in goodbye editorial

NY Times rips Spicer in goodbye editorial
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The New York Times's editorial board slammed outgoing White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSean Spicer applies to join White House Correspondents' Association GOP lawmakers are showing up more frequently on Newsmax Making America dull again MORE in a goodbye editorial Friday, delivering a tongue-in-cheek valediction that took aim at the Trump aide's gaffes and trials.

"You gave us 'the president’s tweet speaks for itself,' 'That is called a bollard wall. That is called a levee wall,' 'stop shaking your head,' and a new term, 'Holocaust center,' " the board wrote. "You gave us Melissa McCarthy playing you. Or was it the other way around?" 

"It seems like yesterday — maybe you would insist it was yesterday — that President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE drafted you from the Republican National Committee farm team for the Big Show," the Times wrote.

Spicer resigned abruptly on Friday after President Trump appointed Wall Street financier Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciPence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off Kelly says Trump can't admit to making mistakes: 'His manhood is at issue here' C-SPAN's Steve Scully completes his three month suspension MORE as his new communications director.

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The Times's editorial board wrote that the former press secretary "lied" while "an apprehensive America wondered what was ahead," and said he failed to build the requisite rapport with journalists covering the White House.

"Oh Spicey, you lasted six months and a day. Or are those 'inaccurate numbers'?" the board wrote, a jab at Spicer's claim that Trump's swearing-in ceremony attracted the "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration."

"You were not loved by reporters — or would you disagree, because 'proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered'?" 

Trump took to Twitter on Friday to defend his outgoing press secretary, who had an often combative relationship with the press while serving as the Trump administration's top spokesman for six months.

"Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media," Trump tweeted Friday, "but his future is bright!"