— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 28, 2017
It’s safe to say that the White House is incensed over the FBI and Congress’ simultaneous investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. No one’s really sure what House Intel Committee Chair Devin Nunes is doing, still, while suspiciously cancelling the rest of the week’s hearings, but the Russia thing is not evaporating. This means that Press Secretary Sean Spicer is feeling even punchier than usual today and lashed out at American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan in a fount of gibberish.
The above rant ranged in subject matter from “Russian” condiments to a critique of Ryan’s body language. First up, Spicey did not appreciate Ryan listing the administration’s early difficulties, specifically when she said, “You’ve got Russia.” This was the immediate response:
“I’ve said it from the day that I got here until whatever, that there is no connection. You’ve got Russia. If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.”
Spicer then ratcheted up his narrative-busting routine by (falsely) claiming that “the facts” and “every person who has been briefed” on Russia is that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin:
“I appreciate your agenda here, but the reality is — hold on … at some point report the facts. The facts are that every single person who has been briefed on this subject has come away with the same conclusion — Republican, Democrat — so I’m sorry that disgusts you … you’re shaking your head. I appreciate it. But understand this. At some point the facts are what they are. Every single person who has been briefed on this situation with Russia — Republican, Democrat, Obama appointee — have all come to the same conclusion. At some point, April, you’re going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion.”
Of course, the obvious question is whether Spicer would have told a male reporter to stop shaking his head. Well, Spicer is rude to most reporters, so maybe he would have done so, but he’d be worth calling out in both instances. He often laughs and jokes and then — five seconds later — berates them. Some might claim that Ryan was also being disrespectful, but she was shaking his head over Spicer’s lies and bizarre salad dressing rant.
Ryan has already reacted a few times to Spicer’s dressing down of her, first on Twitter with a “Lawd!!!!”
Then she spoke with MSNBC to declare that she had no agenda, and she knows what Spicer was attempting to do: “Trying to make this administration look better than what it does right now. And unfortunately, I was roadkill today.”