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  • BBC “Newsnight” host Emily Maitlis appeared to catch
    former White House press secretary Sean Spicer off guard with a
    series of tough questions during an interview on Tuesday
    night. 
  • Maitlis grilled Spicer on President Donald Trump’s
    record of spreading falsehoods, making degrading comments about
    women, and his recent appearance with the Russian
    president. 
  • The BBC host charged that, as Trump’s messenger, Spicer
    “corrupted discourse for the entire world by going along with
    these lies.”

BBC “Newsnight” host Emily Maitlis appeared to catch former White
House press secretary Sean Spicer off guard with a series of
tough questions during an interview that
aired Tuesday night

In the 15-minute interview — part of Spicer’s tour promoting his
new book — Maitlis asked President Donald Trump’s former
spokesman him why he spread “alternative facts,” as White House
counselor Kellyanne Conway termed them, on behalf of the
president.

She pointed to Spicer’s notorious defense of Trump’s claim that
his inauguration crowd had been larger than President Barack
Obama’s. (By all other official estimates, the number of people
who attended Obama’s 2009 and 2013 inaugurations were
larger). 

“I wonder why you didn’t stand up to the president in the first
place and say, ‘You’re wrong about those crowd numbers, with
respect, sir,'” Maitlis said.

Spicer attempted to laugh off the questions, admitting that it
was “one of those days where I’d love a do over,” but argued that
promoting the falsehood was justified because the president had
been under constant attack from political opponents and the
media. 

But Maitlis did not let up, pointing to Spicer’s attempt to turn
that particular incident into a joke, which he did while
presenting the 2017 Emmy Awards
after leaving the White
House. 

“It became a joke,” she said. “It became something that defined
you … but it wasn’t a joke. It was the start of the most
corrosive culture. You played with the truth. You led us down a
dangerous path. You have corrupted discourse for the entire world
by going along with these lies.”

Spicer defended himself by accusing Maitlin of ignoring the
media’s “false narratives and false stories,” but the BBC host
insisted that was no excuse.

“This is the office of the president spouting lies or half-truths
or knocking down real truths,” she said. “And you were his agent
for those months.”

Spicer again defended his record, arguing that he was simply the
messenger for the president’s worldview. 

“But at the end of the day he’s the president of the United
States and it was his thoughts, and his ideas, and his feelings
that it was my job to communicate,” he said. 

Maitlis finished out the interview with a series of equally tough
questions about Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape, Russian
interference in the 2016 election, and Spicer’s
resignation. 

The interview drew praise from many of Trump’s critics and
others. 

 

 

 

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