Screenshot: Youtube/Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Former press secretary Sean Spicer is having a banner day: first, in the morning Harvard University named him one of their new visiting fellows, then, in the evening, he was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! defending so-called ‚Äúalternative facts‚ÄĚ and President Trump.

The interview is rich material for understanding why having Spicer on a comedic talk show‚ÄĒwhile in theory funny, since from day one in the White House he so obviously played the part of Trump‚Äôs eruptive, rapidly tanning pawn‚ÄĒis more disconcerting that humorous. Melissa McCarthy‚Äôs Sean Spicer impression was brilliant because through his character she could say anything; the real deal, on the other hand, can still only parrot praise for this administration and caution us all to be more tolerant of it, specifically of the lies it tries passing off as anti-establishment heroics.

Case in point, when Kimmel brought up Spicer‚Äôs infamous first press conference, in which he obviously fibbed about Trump‚Äôs Inauguration crowd size at the president‚Äôs behest, the man admitted no wrongdoing and said, ‚ÄúI think in all seriousness that, whether you voted for him or not, the president won the election, he faced a lot of headwinds and I think there was a faction of people out there that didn‚Äôt want to give him the credit he deserved. I think a lot of times he takes that personally.‚ÄĚ

Then, after Kimmel‚Äôs team ran footage of Spicer stating during a press conference, ‚ÄúI think sometimes we can disagree with the facts,‚ÄĚ Spicer responded by doubling down on his previous assertion, saying, ‚ÄúI think you can look at a set of facts and come out with one opinion and someone else can say, ‚ÄėWhile the facts are the same here, I come out with a different conclusion.‚Äô‚ÄĚ

Thanks, genius, have fun at Harvard.