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Liberals Melt Down After Sean Spicer Makes Fabulous Appearance on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Former White House communications chief Sean Spicer made his debut Monday night on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and liberal commentators were outraged. 

After an introductory video about his stint in the Trump White House, Spicer took the stage in a frilly neon green shirt and tight white pants. He banged out a vigorous bongo solo and then danced the salsa with Season 25 champion Lindsay Arnold. The performance, choreographed to The Spice Girls’ “Spice Up Your Life,” ended with Spicer executing a triumphant knee slide.

The judges offered mixed reviews.

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Bruno Tonioli said Spicer looked like he was being “attacked by a swarm of wasps,” but acknowledged it was “strangely entertaining.”


Carrie Ann Inaba said he was off-beat, but clearly “had fun.”

Len Goodman applauded Spicer for joining the cast, saying: “I admire your courage coming on this show.”

Collectively, the judges gave Spicer and Arnold a score of 12 out of 30, which was enough to edge out former NBA star Lamar Odom, who got 11 points.

In the media, anger over Spicer’s appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” had been brewing since his casting was announced last month. Daily Beat culture writer Kevin Fallon called it “shameful” and “pathetic” given that Spicer had “lied directly to the American people.”

Even host Tom Bergeron expressed displeasure with the casting.

The backlash only intensified after President Donald Trump tweeted his support for Spicer, predicting: “He will do great.”

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However, liberal indignation seemed to reach new heights after Spicer’s actual appearance on the show’s Season 28 premier.

Daily Beast writer Matt Wilstein called it the “Most Embarrassing ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Debut Ever, Period.”

He also snarkily tweeted a gif of Spicer’s performance, which went viral.

Liberal journalist Wajahat Ali was among those who expressed resentment that Spicer reportedly earn at least $125,000 for appearing on the show.

There was a lot of talk of Spicer allegedly abetting the rise of fascism in America.

Others said even laughing at Spicer was an act of “normalization.”

Jon Cooper, a leader of the anti-Trump #Resistance, hoped that Spicer would break his legs while dancing.

When actress and women’s rights activist Jessica Barth urged her fellow liberals to be nice, she was widely condemned. She later said her critics “tweeted me into being a #republican.”

Meanwhile, those conservatives who took note of Spicer’s appearance seemed mildly amused. The Daily Caller’s Logan Hall joked that Spicer was “living his best life.”

The shame game

The liberal reaction to Spicer dancing on TV is part of a larger attempt to stigmatize those who serve in or cooperate with the Trump administration. Similar backlash greeted the release last July of Spicer’s White House memoir, “The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President.”

Spicer’s successor as press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who stepped down in June, has faced public harassment, as have a number of other Trump officials and supporters. 

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Last October, amid a debate over the decline of political civility, Eric Holder, President Barack Obama’s former attorney general, told a crowd in Georgia that the former first lady had been wrong to insist on elevating the national discourse.

“Michelle [Obama] always says, you know, ‘When they go low, we go high,’” Holder said. “No. When they go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about.”

The same week, Hillary Clinton said during a CNN interview: “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”

Cover image: Sean Spicer appears on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on Sept. 16, 2019. (Screen grab)

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