Ladies and Gentlemen, your new Press Secretary

Can Sean Spicer (Trump’s Press Secretary and Director of Communications) even comprehend when he’s being mocked? Here’s tw**t he issued:

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Well, perhaps—à l’Onion—Spicer was just playing a huge trick on America. Regardless, this tw**t, which appears to have been emitted on Saturday, is unseemly for a man in Spicer’s position.

Spicer also appears to have accidentally tweeted out two of his passwords (from The Independent):

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52 Comments

  1. Alpha Neil
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Idiocracy is now the most terrifying movie ever made.

    • Zetopan
      Posted February 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      “Idiocracy is now the most terrifying movie ever made.”

      Didn’t you mean: “… DOCUMENTARY ever made.”

  2. Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Was his account hacked or has he lost his mind???

    • darrelle
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      Or is he just that stupid. Seems plausible.

      • Torbjörn Larsson
        Posted January 30, 2017 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

        Maybe he is expertly communicating that he is no expert in communication!?

    • Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      Well, the date of the revelation of the apparent passwords is two days before the date of the Onion quote, so maybe…

      Nah, never mind. Occam’s Razor says he’s an idiot. It’s as simple as that.

  3. Walt Jones
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Speaking of White House communications, go to the White House website and look for information on the branches of government. Something is missing there.

    • Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      OMG!!! The Judicial Branch is missing!

      • somer
        Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

        The Prez is such a dangerous clown he can’t handle the lower courts doing their job b4 he appoints his dopplegangers to the Supreme court. Like his childish carry on about inauguration crowd size.

      • Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:00 am | Permalink

        This evening Trump is announcing his nominee to replace Scalia. I’m not looking forward to it.

        • Historian
          Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:21 am | Permalink

          The Senate Democrats can block any nominee using the filibuster, which would require 60 votes to confirm the nominee.

          As Reuters puts it:

          ————
          The nominee must be confirmed for the lifetime post by the Senate, where Trump’s fellow Republicans hold a 52-48 majority. Democrats, however, could use procedural hurdles to try to block the nomination.

          Trump said last week he would favor Senate Republicans changing long-standing voting rules to allow a simple majority of the 100-seat Senate to confirm his nominee, eliminating the need to gather 60 votes to overcome a procedure hurdle, or filibuster.

          Some have dubbed such an approach the “nuclear option.”

          —————-

          The Democrats should block every one of Trump’s nominees. Mitch McConnell will get a taste of his own medicine. It is an open question whether the Republicans will resort to the “nuclear option” because several Republican senators support the filibuster in principle and know that the “nuclear option” can be used against them when the Democrats regain control of the Senate.

          • Craw
            Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

            No. Since Harry Reid used a rule change — the “nuclear option” — to evade the filibuster that means the GOP can do it too. And likely will, for the USSC nominee. 50 votes plus Pence is enough, and the GOP has 52.

            Some of us warned that Reid was making a big blunder …

            • Historian
              Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink

              We can debate the wisdom of Harry Reid’s decision, when he was Senate Democratic Majority Leader, to assert the “nuclear option” and eliminate the filibuster for some presidential nominees, but not for the Supreme Court. If the Senate Republicans end the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees it may start a snowball effect that could ultimately result in the total elimination of the filibuster.

              Again, we can debate whether the filibuster in principle is good or bad. However, many senators, particularly on the Republican side, support it because it is the only way for the minority party to have any influence over legislation or nominees. In the House of Representatives there is no filibuster rule meaning that the majority party could do anything it wants. The minority party has no power.

              As I noted earlier, it is an open question whether the Republicans will assert the “nuclear option.” Until and if it happens, the Democrats should block every one of Trump’s Supreme Court nominees.

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted January 30, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

              You really think the GOP needed Harry Reid to figure that one out?

    • Christopher
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      If you are interested in a rather depressing reflection of the recent political moves of trumpkin, go over to medium.com and read Yonatan Zunger’s piece “Trail Balloon For A Coup?” Chilling. I am truly fearful of the future.

      • Mark R.
        Posted January 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

        That was rather depressing, the coup angle is convincing. Thanks for pointing out the article. Small correction: “Trial”, not “Trail”

        • Christopher
          Posted January 30, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

          oops. typing fast before work…

    • ploubere
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      It seems to be out of date, it still lists Obama as president.

    • jeremy pereira
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      Still there https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/judicial-branch

  4. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I wonder if Trump and his TV show cast were told as children they can be anything they want when they grow up.

    • Kevin
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      Well anything that’s not important. In Trump’s world there are no wannabe scientists. They do not even know what it means to comprehend the natural world.

  5. steve oberski
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Bill Maher posits that those tweets were actually coded messages to Vladimir Putin.

    • Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      Seems an unnecessarily complicated way to communicate with Trump’s good buddy!

  6. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    I’m willing to reserve judgment and make Donald Trump earn his title as to the presidency, but the contest is over for Sean Spicer, his having already lapped the field: Worst. White House Press Secretary. Ever.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Yes, well, he has earned a few titles but Mr. tiny hands and huge crowd are the only ones I can recall. His presidency is just as legit as GW Bush, but then who is counting.

  7. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    *Smacks forehead* I forgot to check The Onion for almost a month!!
    Gee, I wonder what they have been posting during this time?

    • Lynn Wilhelm
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      You haven’t checked it because headlines these days are frighteningly Onion-like already.
      The Onion doesn’t have anything to do right now (I suppose they could write about alternative, alternative facts).

      • Posted January 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

        They could write a completely true issue on all the “Onionesque” topics coming from the current US administration. (For example, write the actual details from the inauguration.) That would be a head bender!

        • Diane G.
          Posted January 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

          Trouble is, organs like the NYT & WaPo are doing so already. So much of what Trump says sounds like it’s already straight out an Onion parody–no need to rewrite at all.

  8. GBJames
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    sub

  9. jwthomas
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Retweeted this gem to my – um – many followers. It appears also from other related stories that Spicer has twice accidentally posted two of his passwords onto Twitter

  10. sponge bob
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Hacked or my guess he was just having a little fun.

  11. Sastra
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Okay, this is so bad that I’m a bit skeptical. This could be FAKE ACCOUNT.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      I’d agree except it’s got one of those blue ticks that mean it’s not a fake.

      I suspect he’s been hacked.

  12. tubby
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    A sane, intelligent person would hire a couple social media professionals to take press releases and other news and tailor them to specific platforms and handle those accounts as monitoring and managing them can be a full time job. He’d also stop using his personal account while acting as a public official because that can cause PR problems. Then there’s Sean Spicer.

  13. Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Misinformation sounds like a beauty pageant contestant that the POTUS couldn’t help himself from kissing.

  14. Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I guess letting your password out twice in a day gives you plausible deniability in the event one of your tweets causes the feces to really hit the fan. You can always claim you carelessly let your password out in some other venue and some unscrupulous person posted using your account.

  15. Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    He should get a couple of points for those kick ass passwords…. what kind of IQ could remember those gems. I would have his password would be ‘password’ or ‘1234ABCD’.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted January 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      I expect he does what the rest of us do – write it on a Post-it note and stick it on his monitor.

      cr

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      I would assume that the government’s IT systems don’t permit simple passwords. It’s not hard to set up.

  16. Posted January 30, 2017 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Spicer’s behavior thus far makes it clear that no one in the administration should share secrets with him. Fumblebrain!

  17. Cindy
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I do not think that Spicer is that dumb. He is up to something

    Say what you want about Trump, but having been in entertainment for many years he is good at manipulating the press.

  18. Hempenstein
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Accidental release of passwords – maybe. But when I first saw them I immediately recalled (and I think this is right, but could be off a bit somewhere) that the Enigma machine codes were changed daily, and so it required everyone to be on the same page at the start of the day. There was a text string that was broadcast, and I want to say it was eight characters, that let the operators set the dials so they’d be in synch for the day. What helped break the code was a message that followed – a sort of cross-check – that was the same every day, to let operators know that they had correctly re-set their dials.

    (There was a Physics professor @ Wm&Mary who had taken a great interest in the Enigma machine, and used to give lectures on it at Homecomings, that PCC(E) will recall.)

    • jeremy pereira
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      Not quite true. There were various settings on the Enigma machine.

      – the plugboard settings which listed pairs of letters that were transposed via the plugboard

      – which rotors to use (at the start of the war there were five rotors to choose from, of which you used three) and in what order.

      – the ringstellung: each rotor has a ring with the 26 letters on it that could be moved relative to the rotor’s wiring. This setting specified the position of the ring with respect to the wiring

      – the daily key which was a three letter sequence for the starting position of the rotors.

      At the beginning of the war (in the airforce and army, at least) the procedure was to set the machine up as above (the settings were distributed in a special top secret book) and pick a “random” three letter sequence. The random three letter sequence would be keyed twice and the resulting cipher text would be the first six letters of the transmission. The rotors would be reset to the random sequence and the rest of the message keyed. To decipher, the machine would be set up the same and the first six letters keyed which would reveal the starting rotor positions for the rest of the message. The keying of the same six letters twice was a major weakness and was changed later in the war. Another weakness was that the random letters were chosen by humans who might use their girlfriend’s initials or even just the same letter keyed three times if in a hurry.

      Another way of recovering the settings would be to look at certain types of message and guess what was in them. A German weather report would almost certainly contain the word “wetter” in it somewhere and there were ways of finding out where. Or they might send a plane to lay mines outside (say) Wilhemshaven, in which case Wilhemshaven could be relied on to transmit a message saying “British planes have laid mines outside the harbour” (but in German).

      • jeremy pereira
        Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

        Typical, you read the draft many times but the typos still get through:

        The keying of the same six letters twice was a major weakness

        Should read

        The keying of the same three letters twice was a major weakness

  19. Posted January 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    The hypocrisy about “misuse of official accounts” is amazing.

  20. Matthew North
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Poor Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway are gonna be exhausted trying to keep up defending the Orange Monstrosity in Chief. Given Trump’s massive insecurity and thin skin one or both of them will be fired by The Cheeto Head in Chief before long. Because he could make such simple mistakes like not recognizing satire from The Onion or fumbled tweets, I’d wager Spicer will be the first to irritate Trump enough to get the axe.

  21. Diana MacPherson
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    The password tweets amused me the most and Maher put them on Real Time Friday. I hope the US government has good security staff to fix it in a hurry. Good grief.

  22. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Everyone seems to have assumed that Spicer actually read and comprehended the Onion’s tweet.

    I reckon he read it in a hurry ‘…American public… robust… clearly artmumble mumble…information’ and hit the Retweet button before his brainlet had finished processing it.

    cr

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

      Incompetence, or stupidity? What a choice!

  23. busterggi
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Look, I have problems remembering passwords, maybe he does too & he wants folks to be able to remind him.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 31, 2017 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

      I promise to not tell ISIS, if you promise to not tell Al Quaeda.


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