It’s been over 300 days since the last White House press conference, the job for which taxpayers pay Stephanie Grisham a salary of $180K a year to hold. Must be nice to make that kind of cash just for having a job title and not have to do the job. On Sunday 13 former press secretaries published an open letter to Grisham on CNN imploring her to do her job, because, “In any great democracy, an informed public strengthens the nation,” and “regular briefings generally lead to better and more responsible reporting.” Now these people ought to know. In history, there have been 29 press secretaries and approximately half signed this letter (Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Sean Spicer were not among them.) Grisham’s reply was typically off point and hyberbolic. She ignored her peers and criticized the press — and of course demonstrated Trump sycophancy, the mark of the true believer. Axios:
“This is groupthink at its finest. The press has unprecedented access to President Trump, yet they continue to complain because they can’t grandstand on TV. They’re not looking for information, they’re looking for a moment. This president is unorthodox in everything he’s done. He’s rewritten the rules of politics. His press secretary and everyone else in the administration is reflective of that.
In terms of the former press secretaries — they can publicly pile on all they want. It’s unfortunate, because I’ve always felt I was in this small club of only 29 others who really know what I deal with each day, and that was always comforting. They may not say it publicly, but they all understand why I do things differently. They know I have three roles. They know my boss has probably spoken directly to the press more than all of theirs did combined. They know the press secretary briefs in the absence of the president, and this president is never absent — a fact that should be celebrated.
Like so many trailblazers, history will look back on this presidency with praise — until then, I’m comfortable with how I do my jobs — and my team and I are always available to the press.”
This is Trump-speak at it’s finest. The American people are paying a six figure income so Stephanie Grisham can be a talking head on Fox News. Let Rupert Murdoch pick up the check, he’s the one getting the benefit. The woman is a right-wing propagandist, and Monday, she even went so far as to defend Trump’s racist tweet, depicting Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi wearing a turban and hijab, respectively. Grisham defended Trump, saying, “I think the president is making clear that Democrats are parroting Iranian talking points and almost taking the side of terrorists and those who were out to kill Americans.”
Now if that is not a violation of the Hatch Act right there, promoting a political agenda using one’s government job as a platform, then I don’t know what is. Trump has co-opted the office of press secretary, like he’s done or attempted to do with every other government post. The person is there to serve him, personally, not the office and sure as hell not the people. Stephanie Grisham needs to do her job or get off the government pay roll. It’s obvious that she’s polishing her post-Trump career as Fox News talking head, and why should we pay for a six figure internship?