Sean Spicer calls comparisons to Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre ridiculous.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the Trump administration is “shocked by the politicization” from Democrats of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey during an interview on Tuesday night.
NBC’s Peter Alexander caught up with Spicer after shortly after news broke that FBI Director Comey had been fired, and immediately pointed out that some people are comparing Trump’s action to Richard Nixon’s so-called Saturday Night Massacre.
Spicer said those comparisons are ridiculous, and then said the person who made the recommendation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, had been confirmed 94-6 by the Senate just two weeks ago.
“Did you guys underestimate the backlash about this?” Alexander followed up.
Spicer told Alexander that the White House was “a little shocked at the politicization” of the firing.
Then Spicer tried to point to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as examples of people who had previously been critical of FBI Director Comey.
However, Alexander interrupted Spicer before he finished his point, noting that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is also among those who were critical of the decision to fire Comey.
Spicer responded quickly telling Alexander, “those individuals on the Democratic side, who were very clear that the director lost their confidence to lead the FBI, who politicized the process, this is something they should be welcoming the president’s decision.”
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