July 21, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has resigned from his position within President Donald Trump's administration, according to sources speaking to the Associated Press.
It's been a long road for Spicer, who had received much criticism for his role. Though, he reportedly had been due to take on a new job overseeing the entire White House communications operation earlier this summer.
The resignation reportedly is connected to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier and Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, though the White House has not yet made an official announcement.
Spicer's time leading the White House press briefings was, well, brief and frequently dominated by his own mistakes and talks of Trump being dissatisfied with Spicer's job performance. And then there was Melissa McCarthy's spot-on impression of Spicer on "Saturday Night Live" making its rounds across the internet in the past few months.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders soon took over most of the briefings, which more and more frequently were done without the news network's cameras rolling, as per rules set by the White House.
Social media users were not hesitant to relive Spicer's countless gaffes and and the memes he inspired as reports of his resignation surfaced Friday.
There were jokes concerning Russian ties to Trump's campaign.
"Sean Spicer, Professor, Faculty of Journalism, University of St. Petersburg, Russia." #soon— S. Rifai (@THE_47th) July 21, 2017
And talks of other potential job openings and what he'll do in his spare time.
I look forward to MSNBC's new 6pm show "The Truth, Period: With Sean Spicer."— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) July 21, 2017
Sean Spicer wanted to spend more time lying to his family.— Ryan Houlihan (@RyanHoulihan) July 21, 2017
But Twitter also brought up Melissa McCarthy, because of course.
Sean Spicer seen leaving The White House after resignation— E (@esheikh_) July 21, 2017
Congratulations to Sean Spicer and condolences to Melissa McCarthy.— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 21, 2017
There were some more poetic tributes, too.
Sean Spicer gasps with relief— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) July 21, 2017
he has just finished knitting the final thistledown sweater
and now his brothers can resume their human shape
And talks of the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Jabs at crowd sizes, how the news will be reported and how Spicer will announce the resignation himself were thrown into the mix.
*journalists sliding into Sean Spicer's DMs like* pic.twitter.com/bwOZXnd0tT— Cory Collins (@CoCoCoryCollins) July 21, 2017
Got a hold of Sean Spicer’s resignation letter pic.twitter.com/iJHZtzfrUQ— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) July 21, 2017
Largest crowd in history bids Spicey adieu. pic.twitter.com/ZFcgI1944k— tad friend (@tadfriend) July 21, 2017
"I am 100 percent confident Sean Spicer is not resigning" - Sean Spicer— Alex Sherman (@sherman4949) July 21, 2017
Maybe it'll be from the bushes?
And just like that, Sean Spicer escapes back to the bush from whence he came pic.twitter.com/VVizAaEbya— Aly (@AlyEichman) July 21, 2017
Read more details about Spicer's resignation here.