Spicer made his debut earlier this week on the reality competition show Dancing with the Stars. The former White House communications director was mocked by Democrats and Republicans alike for both his participation in general and for his lime green costume.
McCain defended Spicer, saying, “He’s got kids to put through college. He’s gotta pay his bills one way or the other, and if you’ve gotta dance in a lime green shirt entertaining me when I have nothing else to do at night then I’m not that mad at it.”
Fellow panelist Abby Huntsman also took issue with people who have criticized Spicer for appearing on Dancing with the Stars. “Ultimately we’re all human. No one wants to be mocked or made fun of,” said Huntsman.
Sunny Hostin didn’t agree, and fired back at Huntsman’s comments. “Then he shouldn’t have lied to the American people repeatedly,” she said. “You have got to think about what he did. He lied about the inauguration crowd, he defended Trump’s lie about how there were 3 million fraudulent votes in the 2016 election. The list goes on and on and on,” she added.
Viewers on Twitter were also split over Spicer’s new role as a Dancing with the Stars competitor. Many sided with McCain and said Hostin should give Spicer a break:
Lighten up on Sean Spicer Sunny. He was put in a bad situation and he did his best. He has changed now and deserves a break.— Bobolip (@BoboLipinski) September 18, 2019
Sunny. Everybody deserves a second chance in life. So lay off.— Demart0208 (@demart0208) September 18, 2019
Others agreed that we shouldn’t be dancing around Spicer’s past actions:
Joy is right, if Spicy wants to be taken seriously, this isn't the way to do it. And I agree with @sunny he lied. Repeatedly. He CHOSE to lie continuously. I'm not watching @DancingABC because of his casting pic.twitter.com/eYdU89s1Cd— MikkaMikka (@JeepersMikkers) September 18, 2019
SCREW Sean Spicer! Why would anyone defend this guy? He lied to the American people on a daily basis while being paid by US taxpayers. https://t.co/lKssGdClbJ— darlene (@DarleneSpaldin2) September 18, 2019
I have no sympathy fot Spicer. He has betrayed the public with all his lies and sold his reputation rather cheaply. His choice.— KC🌊emoluments clause🌊 conspiracy of collusion (@kmartin120469) September 18, 2019
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