White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer might not take any questions from the press. He might appear at the podium and spout "alternative facts" that simply turn out to be falsehoods, he might even be in a , but rest assured he'll be doing it all with cinnamon-fresh breath and a gut full of masticated synthetic rubber.
After Spicer's remarkable performance on Saturday where he took no questions, claimed Trump's inauguration had a "record" crowd (it didn't) and picked a fight with the White House Press Corps, people started paying more attention to the mouthpiece of the Trump administration. Thanks to the internet, we discovered, via a 2016 Washington Post profile, the nugget of personal detail that Spicer consumes 35 pieces of Orbit cinnamon gum. A day.
It's important to note that he not only copped to chewing more gum than a raver at a late-'90s festival; he also admitted he swallowed all of it. It makes sense, if you consider that being Trump's press secretary probably involves swallowing a lot of tasteless, tacky content whole and turning it into something…else.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter went wild upon learning this news.
Compulsively eating chewing gum is good for you! https://t.co/K7JmgGcJeT
— Meredith Balkus (@meredithbalkus)
Having a hard time deciding if it's weirder that calls his wife "mother" or swallows entire packs of gum per day
— Nick Pettazzoni (@pettazz)
Sean Spicer's fav gum is Bigly Chew
— Dijon Sanders (@Jheri_Seinfeld)
You get the idea.
But while that molehill was being mounted, the Trump White House was actually doing something with serious and lasting repercussions for women around the world. And not in a good way.
Yesterday Donald Trump signed an executive order that prohibited foreign aid money being distributed to organizations that help women access abortion.
The ban isn't just on paying for abortion care (which—FUN FACT—was already U.S. law) it's on giving any money at all to anyone who does any abortion-related work. So even if 99 percent of your aid organization's work is, lets say, giving babies lifesaving vaccinations, and just one percent is helping women have safe terminations when they need them, you can no longer receive foreign aid money from the United States. Seems like totally reasonable, sound, life-saving logic.
These middle-aged white men were into it.
No one respects women like Donald Trump, who signed an anti-abortion executive order today surrounded by nothing but men. pic.twitter.com/eSFfzZ9OiS
— shauna (@goldengateblond)
Trump also withdrew the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership, and began the process to start renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
We're well underway now.