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Spicer Drops Obscure ‘Ramspecking’ Reference, Tells Reporters to ‘Google It’

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer included an obscure reference to a mid-20th century law term as he answered a question at Tuesday’s press briefing.

Spicer called on NewsMax reporter John Gizzi, who asked whether President Donald Trump believes in the existence of the so-called “deep state.” The press secretary replied, in part, that “there are people that burrow into the government after an administration — this is going back since the beginning of time. They used to called it ramspecking.”

Moments later, several of the reporters in the briefing room called out and asked Spicer to repeat/explain the word. He replied, “‘Ramspecking’? Oh, Google it.”

Spicer continued the exchange with the reporters, who apparently wanted him to spell it out. “Have you ever seen my spelling?,” he replied. “Come on! ‘Ramspecking’ — it was named after a former — I mean, we’re going to go through a history lesson here, guys.”

Moments later, TIME magazine’s Ryan Teague Beckwith posted an explanation of the term on Twitter:

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