CNN’s Don Lemon invoked a ‘Billy Madison’ comparison in describing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s response to questions about President Trump’s baseless wiretapping allegations.
During perhaps the most combative White House press briefing yet, Spicer was repeatedly asked about Trump’s claims. Responding to questions seeking to know whether the President continued to stand by his evidence-free allegations that then President Barack Obama tapped the phones at Trump Tower, Spicer did what can only be described as filibustering, at times, reading from prepared remarks for minutes at a time.
“I think that there’s been a vast amount of reporting which I just detailed, about activity that was going on in the 2016 election,” he said. “There was no question that there was surveillance techniques used throughout this… The president has already been very clear that he didn’t mean specifically wiretapping, he had it in quotes. So I think to fall back on that is a false premise. That’s not what he said. He was very clear when he talked about it yesterday.”
The Press Secretary’s tortured response prompted Lemon to compare him to a famous scene in the Adam Sandler comedy ‘Billy Madison.’
“Did anyone see ‘Billy Madison?'” he asked. “The game show scene? ‘Everyone in this room is dumber for having listened to that.'”
“I hope that you’re not dumber and I hope we are providing you some information,” he remarked to the audience referring to CNN’s coverage.
“To be clear,” he added. “No one mischaracterized what the Senate Intel said. Here’s a statement: ‘Based on the information available to us, we see no indication that Trump Tower was a subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election day 2016.’
Trump and the White House are increasingly isolated in backing the claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign with a growing bipartisan chorus of lawmakers saying that the claims are unsubstantiated or false.
You can view the Billy Madison scene Lemon referenced here: