Megyn Kelly Bickers With Spicer About Crowd Sizes: ‘You’re Trying to Justify and Mislead’
Megyn Kelly refused to let former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer off the hook for lying to the American people.
The two discussed Spicer’s claim after the inauguration that the number of people watching President Donald Trump‘s swearing-in was the most in history.
“If I could have a do over, I would take it,” Spicer said flatly.
“Do you acknowledge that was not true?” Kelly pressed.
“First of all, what I said on that —” Spicer began to hedge, but Kelly stepped in: “Hold on. Was that true or not true?”
“I said the totality of the people who watched it —”
“No, you said ever. Including in person,” Kelly corrected.
“I’m saying I could have done that a heck of a lot better,” Spicer said, still refusing to say that the statement was a lie. “The point was that what we were conflating was the number of people standing in one position versus what I was trying to do and not well.”
“And not truthfully,” Kelly pointed out.
They went back-and-forth on this a few more times before Kelly moved on to the fact that Trump gave Spicer the orders to say that the crowd sizes were the biggest in history – in other words, to lie. Spicer explained that they spent most of the day cleaning up a false, “racially inflammatory” story that Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.
“I’m not going to argue with you that the media has reported numerous things about President Trump that are false,” Kelly said. “And when they’re to his detriment, they love it more. But right now I don’t have them sitting here. I have you. And what you said there wasn’t true and your boss said the same thing.”
“What I’m saying is you have to understand the mind set. He wakes up the next morning and sees the panel discussions talking about crowd size. He gets upset,” Spicer said.
“You’re trying to justify and mislead,” Kelly responded pointedly.
>> That’s not true… I said if I could have done this over… this is where I could have done a much better job,” Spicer said.
“But he told you to go out there,” Kelly persisted. “You’re defensive of him on this point. You know as well as I do Trump is the one who wanted the inauguration crowd sizes restated.”
Spicer merely responded: “I’m taking responsibility for my actions. I went out there. I said those words. I could have done a better job. And that’s what I’m responsible for what I did.”
Watch above, via NBC.
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