Donald Trump has surprisingly scrubbed a Twitter post endorsing his former spokesperson on Dancing With the Stars, the US analogue of Strictly Come Dancing.
In a now-deleted tweet on Monday, Trump wrote: “Vote for Sean Spicer on Dancing with the Stars. He is a great and very loyal guy who is working very hard. He is in the quarterfinals – all the way with Sean.”
Spicer was the White House press secretary during the first six months of Trump’s presidency; he resigned in July 2017, reportedly over his opposition to the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as director of communications.
On Monday night, Sean Spicer was voted off the competition due to a combination of low marks from the judges and viewers. Spicer had received the lowest scores from the judges each week for the past month, since the departure of Lamar Odom, but there’s a widespread assumption that viewers had helped him survive with their votes because of his White House stint and not because of his dancing skills.
Few things illustrate the absolute death cult that is Trump’s hardcore superfans as perfectly as tens of thousands of people watching Sean Spicer dance extremely poorly and then voting that he was actually the best, anyway, because MAGA or something— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 5, 2019
Donald Trump replaced his deleted tweet was with another one praising Spicer for a “good try.” The latter, in turn, thanked the president for his “continued support.”
Trump is not particularly known for deleting his tweets, and virtually all of his most controversial messages are still on. His previous Spicer-praising tweets remain untouched as well.
Some people have suggested that Trump might have taken Spicer’s defeat too personally.
“It’s almost as if he can’t abide the fact that his endorsement lacks sufficient power,” one commenter wrote.
It’s a minor thing but nonetheless telling that Trump deleted his tweet promoting Spicer. It’s almost as if he can’t abide the fact that his endorsement lacks sufficient power. pic.twitter.com/zDxZ77wfGc— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) November 12, 2019
Others just couldn’t help but deride Trump as the exact opposite of Midas.
Trump is the touch of death.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) November 12, 2019
He supports Spicer, a man without any shame, who got paid 6 figures to dance for ABC and...he lost tonight.
Trump attends Bama game. They lost at home
Trump rallies for Gov Bevin in Kentucky. He lost.
Didn't you just tweet this earlier tonight, telling people to vote for Sean Spicer on #DWTS?— BrooklynDad_Defiant Savage! (@mmpadellan) November 12, 2019
We see you haven't learned your lesson from Kentucky yet. Good.
Everything trump touches DIES. #ETTS pic.twitter.com/QYdANOOjnN
Expect Trump to force Bill Barr to open an investigation on how Sean Spicer got voted off Dancing with the Stars #DWTS— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) November 12, 2019
Trump endorsed Sean Spicer on DWTS. He just lost.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) November 12, 2019
Trump went to Alabama in search of a stadium that wouldn’t boo him. LSU won for the 1st time in almost a decade.
Trump endorsed Bevin in Kentucky. A Democrat won in America’s reddest state.
Keep endorsing your friends, Donald.
Trump holds a rally for Matt Bevin in Kentucky last week, and Matt Bevin loses.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) November 12, 2019
Trump goes to the Alabama football game this weekend, and Alabama loses.
Trump tweets his support for Sean Spicer on #DWTS tonight, and Sean Spicer loses.
Donald Trump is a loser.