CNN host Jake Tapper took to Twitter on Saturday to blast White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for hypocrisy in one of this tweets.
In a tweet, Sean Spicer stated,
“For the record @nytimes @grynbaum can’t even get where I was born right and failed to ask”
Spicer was referring to a New York Times Story that got his place of birth wrong.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) February 25, 2017
The CNN host quickly seized the opportunity that was set before him and composed a tweet reading,
“I imagine it must be really annoying when someone puts out false info about where you were born. Must really bother you!!
I imagine it must be really annoying when someone puts out false info about where you were born. Must really bother you!!
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 25, 2017
Tapper was referencing Donald Trump’s previous attempts to undermine former President Barack Obama through his “birther” conspiracy theory that the Obama was actually born in Kenya, rather than Hawaii — hence the cc at the end of the tweet.
The Obama White House actually used Trump’s “birther” claims against him in January to counter his own ‘fake news’ claims.
In the first White House press briefing after the November election, former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said,
“This president has been in a situation in which he has been criticized in an utterly false and baseless way. And I’m of course, referring to the President’s birthplace… There were a wide variety of the president’s critics who were suggesting and propagating conspiracy theories that somehow the president was not born in the United States… All of you could look at that piece of paper and verify for yourself to be convinced that the charges against the President — that were lobbed against the President — were false…. The incoming administration has chosen a different approach. They’ve not been transparent.”