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Sean Spicer Throws On-Air Tantrum After Jen Psaki Questions If He Should Be On Naval Academy Board

Sean Spicer Throws On-Air Tantrum After Jen Psaki Questions If He Should Be On Naval Academy Board
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Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary, threw a small tantrum on-air on Newsmax after current Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested his appointment to the Naval Academy Board by former President Donald Trump might have been for political purposes.

Psaki's comment came after Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Russell Vought, and others who were appointed to these boards late in Trump's presidency were asked to resign from the boards or face dismissal.

"I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to serve on these boards. But the president's qualification requirements are not your party registration. They are whether you're qualified to serve and whether you are aligned with the values of this administration."

Spicer accused Psaki of violating a tradition of White House Press Secretaries refraining from publicly commenting on their predecessors, despite the fact Psaki's comment included those who had not been Press Secretary.

On air, he raged:

"Don't you DARE ever minimize or question my service to this nation! You got it?"

It would seem Spicer also missed Psaki saying the President's qualification requirements also included people serving in these roles be aligned with the values of his administration.

He assumed she was questioning his military qualifications. Spicer previously served as a Public Affairs officer in the Navy, before joining the Navy Reserve in 1999.

He further announced he would refuse to step down.

"I'm announcing tonight for the first time that I will not be submitting my resignation... And I will be joining a lawsuit to fight this."

It didn't take long for people to begin mocking Spicer in the comments after Newsmax shared the video.

Conway also announced—via Twitter—she would refuse to step down from the Board of Visitors to the Air Force Academy while also calling for President Biden's resignation.

People found this quite laughable.

Some were surprised Conway and Spicer were serving on these boards in the first place.

Brian Tyler Cohen pointed out refusing to step down doesn't mean Spicer et al will keep their board positions, just that they will be fired.

While Spicer and others threatened to fight this decision in court, it seems unlikely doing so will have much impact.