Sean Spicer Stands by Trump, Defends "Alternative Facts" on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'


Sean Spicer Stands by Trump, Defends "Alternative Facts" on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
Sean Spicer Stands by Trump, Defends "Alternative Facts" on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

"Ultimately he's the president, he decides, and that's what you sign up to do," the former press secretary said.

Sean Spicer made it clear during his stint on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday that he was standing by President Trump after resigning as White House press secretary in August.

When asked if he was distancing himself from President Trump after leaving, Spicer replied, "Absolutely not."

He was replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders in July. Wednesday's show was his first late-night appearance since officially leaving his post.

When pressed on some of the more uncomfortable tasks he was faced with — including after the inauguration when he famously said the audience was the biggest ever, despite photographic evidence to the contrary — Spicer laughed and told Kimmel he didn't need any help remembering. "I appreciate the reminder of how it went down," he laughed.

"Why is he so concerned with size — have you ever seen the president naked?" Kimmel asked. "I have not," Spicer replied, adding, "I think in all seriousness that, whether you voted for him or not, the president won the election, he faced a lot of headwinds and I think there was a faction of people out there that didn't want to give him the credit he deserved. I think a lot of times he takes that personally."

Kimmel pressed back on the inauguration debacle, in which photos clearly showed a marked difference between the crowd size for former president Barack Obama's inauguration and Trump's.

"Look, your job as press secretary is to represent the president's voice and to make sure you are articulating what his visions are on policy, on issues, and on other areas that he wants to articulate. Whether or not you agree, is not your job," he explained. "But ultimately he's the president, he decides and that's what you sign up to do."

And as for Spicer's comments "that we can disagree on the facts," (or as counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway would later call it, "alternative facts") he defended that, too. "I think you can look at a set of facts and come out with one opinion and someone else can say, 'While the facts are the same here, I come out with a different conclusion.' And that's what makes our country great," he said.

When asked if the inauguration comments might have gotten him "off to a bad start with the press corps," Spicer conceded that it probably was not the best start. 

As for his post-White House future, Spicer himself told THR that he's looking to capitalize on his name recognition, saying, "I've been humbled by the amount of interest, and now that I've completely left government, I'll be looking to engage in those discussions."

Spicer isn't the only ex-White House staff member to book appearances on late-night television. Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in August, which led to a Monday ratings high for the show. 

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