Here’s the latest, if you’re interested

I’ve enjoyed writing this blog. Really it had to be done. Donald Trump is a threat to everything I know. He’s a menace to any peace of mind.

When I started it though I knew no one would read for it awhile. It’s a bit desolate right now. Hopefully it’ll get better. For now the fun of it is in putting something on the page.

But there’s a problem. Where to begin?

…about 140 refugees whose resettlement in the United States was blocked by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration have been sent back to their refugee camp.

Nadir Hassan says the group of Somali refugees was relocated to Dadaab camp in eastern Kenya on Saturday… Hassan said he was hoping to start a new life in the U.S.

Trump fucks over so many people so fast, it’s difficult to keep up.

President Trump on Saturday morning ripped into a federal judge’s decision to temporarily block enforcement of his controversial travel ban.

“When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security — big trouble!” Trump posted on Twitter.

He also appeared to question the legitimacy of the federal judge who issued the ruling.

“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Trump tweeted.

And he’s a wet-face brat, so there’s that.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency charged with ensuring the humane treatment of large research animals, such as primates and goats, has quietly scrubbed all inspection reports and enforcement records from its website. The move has drawn criticism from animal welfare and transparency activists who say the public has the right to know how their tax dollars are being used.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which also oversees animals in circuses, zoos and those sold commercially as pets, says that making the data publicly available posed a threat to individuals’ privacy.

And he’s turning the institutions of government into cartoons.

President Donald Trump has so far failed to nominate deputies and other top officials to run the day-to-day operations at most federal agencies, creating a vacuum across the government that has businesses, lobbyists and lawmakers in limbo as they wait to see how Trump’s agenda will be carried out.

…the president has named just three deputy secretaries — at the Commerce Department, Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security…

As he rankles world leaders with his unorthodox public statements, Trump has yet to fill out the top ranks of the State Department, the agency tasked with international diplomacy. Neither the Treasury Department nor the Defense Department, both core to Trump’s economic and national security message, have deputy secretaries.

And he doesn’t give a damn. At all, in the least.

There’s no easy narrative here. There’s no one thing to latch onto and begin your daily diatribe with. He’s a jewel of dog shit, unyielding and multi-faceted. Beyond our ken in his sickening existence.

ISIS’ new best friend

‘Fake news’, as they say, now dominates what’s become of our political discourse. With a fake president in the White House and fake leaders littered generously all around him, lying has become our Esperanto. It’s probably a pretty good time to be a linguist – or a fact-checker, at least so far as keeping busy. As far as getting half the country to believe anything you say, forget it.

This however appears to be real.

In the days that followed, the recent defector said, ISIS members in Raqqa, the group’s self-declared capital, hailed Donald Trump’s win as a victory for the terror group. Local leaders even called it divine intervention. “They told us that victory is at hand and that God has sent the pig Trump as clear evidence of this,” Abu Musab said.

These are interviews BuzzFeed did with former ISIS members.

On the morning after the election, though, the soldiers found the imam in an excited mood. He devoted the entire hour to Trump and his electoral win, imploring the fighters to seize the initiative. “He said that now Trump won the election, and he is an enemy of Islam, and we have to use this chance because it’s on our side,” the former fighter said. “He said we have to be smart and use social media to call people to come and join us.”

Here was the Washington Post on Sunday.

Jihadist groups on [social media accounts] Sunday celebrated the Trump administration’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying the new policy validates their claim that the United States is at war with Islam…

Several postings suggested that Trump was fulfilling the predictions of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born al-Qaeda leader and preacher who famously said that the “West would eventually turn against its Muslim citizens.”…

“When U.S. President Donald Trump says ‘We don’t want them here’ and bans the Muslim immigrants from Muslim countries, there is one thing that comes to our mind,” said another posting, beneath a banner of Awlaki and his quote.

Another posting on the Telegram channel “Abu Magrebi” said Trump’s actions “clearly revealed the truth and harsh reality behind the American government’s hatred toward Muslims.”

Here was CNN yesterday.

“It can play into their propaganda, to make it clear for anyone who could be in doubt, that it’s a war on Islam and all Muslims,” Abdullah told CNN over a messaging service. The names of the now-defected foreign fighters in this story have been changed to protect their identities…

“[Trump’s] helped ISIS a lot, he’s basically being a tool for them in a way,” Abu Obaida, a British former Jabhat al-Nusra fighter in Syria, told CNN via direct message. “On social media right now there’s a lot of people quoting Anwar al-Awlaki (the late spokesperson for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) and his last speech when he said that America will turn on the Muslims.”…

In conversation on social media, various jihadists have said the executive action unveiled America’s “hatred towards Muslims,” according to US-based SITE monitoring service. A pro-ISIS account on Telegram — an encrypted app favored by the militant group — praised Trump as “the best caller to Islam,” signaling the President’s ban would attract new believers.

You can see why Obama was so careful with his language. He was likely to refer to ISIS and the like as ‘not Islamic’ or ‘enemies of Islam.’

Propaganda is a game that the terrorists play every day, and they play it well. That’s why they’re so good at recruiting young men – and women – from across the world, including from here in the U.S.. Donald would rather play that exact same game, but only with you and me. He’d rather lie to us and be blunt with the enemy. It’s a bad strategy.

Roll up roll up for David French

I wouldn’t want to write for the National Review. I would never want to work as a member of that staff. You’d have to deal with the standard issue racism, and stupidity of course, and you’d have to make nice with banana slug Jonah Goldberg. And I’m not sure I could do it. I’m pretty sure, despite the flashy pay, I would freak out and fail. Spectacularly.

But there’s more to it. The ridiculous demands would kill me. For example, back in 2015 their staff were bound to say that Trump was something of a fascinating candidate. Donald was an engaging mystery, even a breath of fresh air. But then, in 2016, they had to pound their desks and swear that he was an un-American troll. Trump somehow managed to become an ill-mannered lout with no true conservative credentials to his name. It was obvious that the man was a clear threat to Western democracy, of course.

But now? After he won the election? C’mon, he’s The President! Now it’s the writers’ job to confuse the American suckers. They’ve got to make a show of the New Politics so that no one notices President Whack is up to his elbows in the treasury. Someone’s got to pretend that Republican Dad is doing everything as usual when Donald starts hucking money bombs at NatRev’s many rich pals. That ain’t easy. It is no mean feat even as shameless lying goes. It’s especially difficult given the considerable number of people who can remember…anything at all.

For a fair demonstration of this, the art and science of flummoxery, come a little closer. And feast your eyes upon a writer who gazes shamelessly past the war torn refugees and green card innocents now trapped in Trump’s racist dick-wagging. Watch as David ‘no middle initial’ French beguiles and bedevils us all with his Dance Of The Seven Bong Hits.

So, what did Trump do? Did he implement his promised Muslim ban? No, far from it. He backed down dramatically from his campaign promises and instead signed an executive order dominated mainly by moderate refugee restrictions and temporary provisions aimed directly at limiting immigration from jihadist conflict zones.

*glubglubglubglub*…he’s practically kissing them on the lips…….

The bottom line is that Trump is improving security screening and intends to admit refugees at close to the average rate of the 15 years before Obama’s dramatic expansion in 2016. Obama’s expansion was a departure from recent norms, not Trump’s contraction.

*glubglubglubglub*…keep crunching those numbers Dave-o they’re almost asleep…….

We know that terrorists are trying to infiltrate the ranks of refugees and other visitors. We know that immigrants from Somalia, for example, have launched jihadist attacks here at home and have sought to leave the U.S. to join ISIS.

*glubglubglubglub*…no point in letting in someone who’s only gonna bail…….

Unless we want to simply accept Muslim immigrant terror as a fact of American life, a short-term ban on entry from problematic countries combined with a systematic review of our security procedures is both reasonable and prudent.

*glubglubglubglub*…take the good ya take the bad there ya have…the terror facts of life…….

However, there are reports that the ban is being applied even to green-card holders. This is madness.

*glubglubglubglub*…Christ did I just type madness? eject eject…….

The plain language of the order doesn’t apply to legal permanent residents of the U.S., and green-card holders have been through round after round of vetting and security checks.

*glubglubglubglub*…plain language…plane playne playen pleine…the word has no meaning…….

It’s particularly gross to see this display when the Obama administration’s deliberate decision to leave a yawning power vacuum — in part through its Iraq withdrawal and in part through its dithering throughout the Syrian Civil War — exacerbated the refugee crisis in the first place…

*glubglubglubglub*…the refugees created when he ended the war…unlike the guy who started it heh…….

Righteous bro, good bake. Go get yourself some Little Debbies (you earned it).

Trump to filmmaker: Watch the Oscars at home, pal

Perhaps you know this man?

Asghar Farhadi (Persian: اصغر فرهادی‎‎, Persian pronunciation: [æsɢæɾ fæɾhɑdiː]; born 7 May 1972) is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. Among other awards, he has received a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his movie A Separation. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time magazine in 2012.

Because the president is so intelligent, refined and altogether awesome, Farhadi will be sitting in front of his TV next month rather than perhaps walking across the Dolby Theater stage to accept his next Academy Award:

According to a tweet from Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), director Asghar Farhadi is no longer allowed to enter the United States to see his film, “The Salesman” honored.

“Confirmed: Iran’s Asghar Farhadi won’t be let into the US to attend Oscar’s. He’s nominated for best foreign language film… #MuslimBan,” Parsi wrote on Twitter.

Farhardi previously won the Best Foreign Film award for 2012’s critically acclaimed “A Separation.”

This is understandable. Though Iran has never dispatched one of their bad guys to attack us here (I checked) it’s probably only a matter of time before they do. Khodahafez, bro. Yes of course the same can be said of Malta and Denmark – feel free to punch anyone you come across from those sinister hellholes too. Be especially wary of anyone who’s an artist, dancer, pacifist, etc.

What a smart man. Just brilliant.

So many people are so screwed.

People holding so-called green cards, making them legal permanent U.S. residents, are included in President Donald Trump’s executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, a Department of Homeland security spokeswoman said on Saturday.

“It will bar green card holders,” Gillian Christensen, acting Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, said in an email.

Have a nice vacation, y’all.

…it could bar those with current visas or even green cards from returning to the U.S. from trips abroad, said Stephen Legomsky, a former chief counsel to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under President Obama.

“It’s extraordinarily cruel,” he said.

C’mon dude. They’re terrorists.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google delivered a sharp message to staff traveling overseas who may be impacted by a new executive order on immigration from President Donald Trump: Get back to the U.S. now….

“It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues,” Pichai wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News. “We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so.”

Oh stop it. They’re Al Qaeda.

One of at least two Iraqis detained at Kennedy International Airport in New York City in the wake of President Trump’s executive order on immigration has been released.

Hameed Jhalid Darweesh walked out of Kennedy Airport with New York Congressional Reps. Nydia Velazquez and Jerry Nadler.

Darweesh was one of at least two Iraqis held at the airport, and court records confirm that a writ of habeas corpus was filed for him and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq in the Eastern District of New York, where the airport is located, and that Donald Trump has been named as a defendant.

Typical of ISIS, isn’t it? Taking our president to federal court, the bastards. Anyway it’s good to see the Vice President has come to his senses.

“I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States,” Trump said from his podium at the Pentagon. “We don’t want ’em here.”

Pence nodded along to the words…

Trump sat down after his speech, signed the executive order and handed it to Mattis — a retired general who six months earlier had said the mere suggestion of a ban on Muslims caused “great damage” to world order.

Now, Mattis was defense secretary. He took the order and grinned while Pence started clapping.

Clap! Clap! Tweet! Oops.



Add:

Those who hold dual nationality in the seven countries banned from entering the U.S. by President Trump will also be barred from entering the country, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday…

The newspaper offered the example of an Iraqi person entering the U.S. on a British passport would also be banned, though British citizens don’t normally require a visa to enter the country.

“Travelers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa,” the statement said, according to the Journal.

If you were born in Bosaso but grew up in Liverpool, too bad for you. You shouldn’t have joined joined the Taliban stupid.

A great man at the end of a great week

Mega-American president and overall political, intellectual, and spiritual whirlwind Donald J. Trump signed a series of executive orders today that will make comprehensive changes to the process of immigration into this country, especially with respect to refugees from Muslim countries.

“We are not admitting into the country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas,” Trump said during the swearing in ceremony for Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon. “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”

The order specifically singles out the arrival of Syrian refugees as “detrimental to the interests of the United States” and suspends their entry to the country until Trump is satisfied with changes to refugee programs.

Some said however that the executive orders, though forceful and strong, amounted to a rare misstep in what most Americans perceived to be the greatest first week in presidential history.

While Syria is the only country singled out by name, the order suspends entry for 90 days from certain nations based on statute related to the Visa Waiver Program. The most recent version of that visa waiver program put restrictions on those who had traveled to seven countries since March of 2011: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen…

The Sept. 11 terror attacks are given as a justification for the need for increased vetting of visa applicants in the order. Most of the hijackers in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi Arabian nationals, and others were from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.

The order suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days while the visa program is under review.

Trump’s refugee bans were roundly lauded by both typical patriots and critics of previous immigration policy alike. Among the many, a handful of ‘advocates’ and ‘experts’ disagreed.

…Karen Ferguson, executive director of the International Rescue Committee in Oakland, Calif., said Trump’s plan is “tantamount to a Muslim ban.”

In an email she said, “The proposed pause would force refugees who already went through the rigorous screening process and who were set to arrive in the United States soon to instead wait months and even years to go through fingerprinting, interviews, health screenings, and multiple security checks all over again, all while their lives are in danger.”

Even some so-called ‘Libertarians’ were dismayed.

A safe zone established in Syria would therefore require U.S. protection. This would mean both instituting a no-fly zone, and establishing ground troops to protect the zones from ISIS and Syrian government soldiers. This would be a major intervention, and might require direct conflict with Syrian troops and by extension, Syria’s ally Russia.

…refugee camps—can become sites of radicalization. Daniel Milton, Megan Spencer, and Michael Findley found in a 2013 study that the location of refugee resettlement is a crucial factor in their susceptibility to radicalization. Squalid conditions, lack of economic opportunities, and hopelessness can make camps fertile ground for extremist propaganda. When residents return home, they may carry the seeds of the next generation of terrorists.

The reasons for such disagreement, though, remained unclear.

There are, however, additional reasons why resettling refugees instead can be beneficial for national security.

Acceptance of refugees undercuts the propaganda of terrorist organizations seeking to harm the United States. Groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) use the argument that the United States is waging a war against Muslims to recruit. How the United States responds to humanitarian crises can either promote or counter this argument. Even accepting a relatively small number of vetted refugees can help counter terrorist propaganda.

Thankfully none of the whiners could, or would, dare to disagree with the President’s fundamental assessment of the problem with settling refugees in the United States…

“We’ve taken in tens of thousands of people. We know nothing about them,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday. “They can say they vet them. They didn’t vet them. They have no papers. How can you vet somebody when you don’t know anything about them and you have no papers?”

…which I can tell you is a great relief to all of us, here, in the greatest country in all the world. It comes at the end of what can only be described as a tremendous week.

What’s more, vetting for refugees is the most comprehensive security check out of anyone entering the United States. To be resettled, refugees must first be cleared by the United Nations. Multiple American security national agencies then undertake a background check, biometric check, interviews, and medical screenings. The process can take two years.

While there have been the occasional issues—and fixes—in the system, the record speaks for itself. Between 2001-2015, the United States accepted 784,000 refugees and only three have been arrested on charges of terrorism. Two were not planning an attack in the United States, and the third’s plan was barely considered credible. Since the 9/11 attacks, no person who has undergone the refugee clearing process has committed an attack on U.S. soil.

Trump’s alternative reality

Donald Trump (Didja know? He’s a big deal now) remains utterly obsessed with the established fact that though he won the electoral college, making him president of the United States, he lost the popular election. By millions of votes. To a girl.

On Monday, President Trump gathered House and Senate leaders in the State Dining Room for a get-to-know-you reception, served them tiny meatballs and pigs-in-a-blanket, and quickly launched into a story meant to illustrate what he believes to be rampant, unchecked voter fraud.

No baloney boats? Si vulgaire.

When one of the Democrats protested, Mr. Trump said he was told a story by “the very famous golfer, Bernhard Langer,” whom he described as a friend, according to three staff members who were in the room for the meeting.

…The three witnesses recall the story this way: Mr. Langer, a 59-year-old native of Bavaria, Germany…was standing in line at a polling place near his home in Florida on Election Day, the president explained, when an official informed Mr. Langer he would not be able to vote…

Hoo boy. This is gonna be good.

Ahead of and behind Mr. Langer were voters who did not look as if they should be allowed to vote, Mr. Trump said, according to the staff members — but they were nonetheless permitted to cast provisional ballots. The president threw out the names of Latin American countries that the voters might have come from.

Mr. Langer, whom he described as a supporter, left feeling frustrated, he said.

OK to recap: Our German friend was stuck in between people who looked like they could have been from Panama, or Argentina. And when they all got to the registrar’s table, what happened? The white guy was cast aside aside in favor of the brown ones. He was told to go home, and they were allowed to vote! Sort of, provisionally, until their citizenship and residential bona fides were assured – but can you believe that? Obviously our democracy is a massive joke.

It’s a wonder Donald didn’t lose by 50 million or something. Are we lucky to have the electoral college, or what?

The anecdote, the aides said, was greeted with silence, and Mr. Trump was prodded to change the subject by Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, and Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas.

Awkward. Your personality disorder is showing, dear, please cover your dysfunction. This last bit deftly places the cherry on top Trump’s cake:

Just one problem: Mr. Langer, who lives in Boca Raton, Fla., is a German citizen with permanent residence status in the United States who is, by law, barred from voting, according to Mr. Langer’s daughter Christina.

“He is a citizen of Germany,” she said, when reached on her father’s cellphone. “He is not a friend of President Trump’s, and I don’t know why he would talk about him.”

So it seems Langer, either intentionally or accidentally, tried to commit an act of voter fraud. The system caught and politely denied the attempt. The ‘Latin Americans’ however could have been proper U.S. citizens, so they were given provisional ballots and later vetted for status and eligibility. Exactly as the system is designed to do.

And this inspiring tale of dutiful government came by way our new president? Makes me want to cry.

Women won, Donnie zero

The Trump administration has started badly. Yesterday, after the boss ordered Sean Spicer to call a special conference and berate the MSM for publishing photos of Donald’s poorly attended crowning, the press, who have outlets, and a readership, somehow managed to convey to the world what a dickhead Sean was. This they did by right-clicking the icon appended to the digital media library display on the front office secretary’s desktop, which promptly re-published the many photos, same as before, of the great lame inaugural. Well played, Keyser Söze. Game, set, and match.

Now is today, thankfully. And past is prologue. Saturday saw the sprawling Women’s March across our capital (…and across America, and around the world). It easily erased the chintz memories of whatever the hell it was a self-aggrandizing pussy grabber did the day before, in the same place, for whatever reason.

Below are pictures from 12:15 p.m. ET on each day from the EarthCam website.
A screengrab of EarthCam's live feed of the National Mall during Trump's inauguration ceremony.

A screengrab of the EarthCam feed from the National Mall before the Women's March
A screengrab of the EarthCam feed from the National Mall before the Women’s March.

Day Two: Sean Spicer peculiar presser for lying media

The Trump administration is 24 hours old and it’s hopping mad.

I know our first official press briefing is going to be on Monday, but I wanted to give you a few updates on the President’s activities. But before I get to the news of the day, I think I’d like to discuss a little bit of the coverage of the last 24 hours.

Press Secretary Spicer launched the new administration’s press relations in remarkable fashion. He opened up in somewhat civil tone but then immediately veered into an astonishing bitchfest. He called out the major media for being reckless deviants and shameful liars. And the greenhorn in the press room backed up his spittle flecked assertions by making use of a novel tool: bald faced lying.

…photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall. This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall.

USA Today: “Similar ground cover was used on the Mall during President Obama’s 2013 inauguration, which was more heavily attended.” Relax folks, we’re only getting started.

…in years past the grass eliminated this visual. This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.

Spicer contends the “irresponsible and reckless” press were using photographs from the hours before the swearing in. Not by a long shot.

Obama 2009 on the left, Trump on the right. CNN: “The photo of Trump’s inauguration was taken from television during his speech — peak time for the crowd.” The comparison looks even worse if you swap the sides.

Who you gonna believe? Your lyin’ eyes? Or the president’s insecurity? […also CNN, in a second post: “In fact, a United States Secret Service spokesperson told CNN, no magnetometers were used on the Mall.” –ed.] More Spicer:

…let’s go through the facts. We know that from the platform where the President was sworn in, to 4th Street, it holds about 250,000 people. From 4th Street to the media tent is about another 220,000. And from the media tent to the Washington Monument, another 250,000 people. All of this space was full when the President took the Oath of Office.

Not close. Here’s another comparison by CNN, this time from lower elevation and looking the opposite way. You can see the Washington Monument in the background and “all of this space” is not remotely full.

Oh dear Sean ain’t done yet.

We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama’s last inaugural.

Question: How pathetic a press agent are you when USA Today is knocking down your best stuff? Within minutes? Damn:

“Those numbers are wrong. According to the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, the system saw 1.1 million one-way trips for President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, and 782,000 for his second inauguration in 2013.

“The number for Inauguration Day 2017: 570,557, according to WMATA.”

Amazing fail. Now, and finally, the denouement. The whole big fat point of Sean’s tantrum:

This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.

Does Sean believe that crap? Or is he only doing his job? I bet we’ll be playing this game for many weeks to come. Has the press secretary slipped into stark insanity, or merely a transient psychosis? Get yer Hot Takes ready.

These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong…

We could say the same for your surreal attempts to bend the press kiddies over your knee and spank them. But that would be unpatriotic, so good on you! Stupid bloody press day! I am The Mouthpiece, goo goo gajoob!


Add: CNN has posted a second piece on this WTF press conference. Mmm it isn’t pretty.

Spicer, at times almost yelling while reading a prepared statement, took no questions. CNNMoney called his cell phone a few minutes later; he did not answer.

Some longtime White House correspondents were stunned by the tirade.

Glenn Thrush of The New York Times wrote on Twitter, “Jaw meet floor.”

“I’ve run out of adjectives,” wrote Chuck Todd, the moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post said Spicer’s assertion about “what you guys should be writing” was “chilling.”

Reactions were overwhelmingly negative, and not just from journalists.

Ari Fleischer, who had the same job as Spicer during the George W. Bush administration, tweeted, “This is called a statement you’re told to make by the President. And you know the President is watching.”

And Brian Fallon, who was in line to become press secretary if Hillary Clinton had won, wrote, “Sean Spicer lacks the guts or integrity to refuse orders to go out and lie. He is a failure in this job on his first full day.”

Conservative commentator Bill Kristol said “it is embarrassing, as an American, to watch this briefing by Sean Spicer from the podium at the White House. Not the RNC. The White House.”

36 hours into the new administration.