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Trump names a Catholic who was mocked on Ash Wednesday to be his press secretary

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/22/16

It’s Sean Spicer, who should quickly emerge as one of the most visible members of the administration:

Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s communications director and chief strategist, has worked as a senior communications adviser to Trump during the transition. He had told reporters Thursday morning they could expect “further announcements on appointments and staff later today” and additional announcements “in the near future on fulfilling the final Cabinet positions.”

He also garnered some attention earlier this year on Ash Wednesday:

A slew of oblivious liberals took to Twitter on Wednesday to attack Sean Spicer, the Republic National Committee’s director of communications, over the “black smudge” on his forehead for Ash Wednesday, a symbol of his Catholic faith. Mr. Spicer appeared on CNN to talk about the New Hampshire primary and was shown with the dark ashes on the center of his brow. On Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, many Catholics will have ashes placed on their forehead in the shape of a cross. But to the trolls on Twitter, it looked like Mr. Spicer had a make-up faux pas, and they proceeded to joke about it. “DUDE. YOUR FOREHEAD,” one user tweeted with a screenshot of Mr. Spicer speaking on CNN. “What’s up with the makeup @seanspicer?” another asked. “@seanspicer someone pulled a prank on you or you’ve got something on your head lol,” another user tweeted. For his part, Mr. Spicer took the tweets in stride, responding to each one with the #AshWednesday. Other Catholics stepped in to defend Mr. Spicer and got a laugh out of the trolls’ ignorance. “Dear Twitter trolls: Maybe less time on snarky tweets about the mark on @seanspicer’s forehead & more time learning about Ash Wednesday,” political strategist Mo Elleithee tweeted. “Feeling bad for my RNC buddy @seanspicer, who’s having to explain his Catholicism to a shrivel of critics after his @CNN spox. #AshWednesday,” tweeted Mark Standriff, former director of communications at the California Republican Party.

I look forward to seeing him brief reporters next year on Ash Wednesday, complete with ashes—which just might be a first at the White House.

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