When it was first announced that Sean Spicer would be joining Dancing With the Stars for the show's 47,000th season, the news was met with consternation by Democrats and dance competition purists alike.
Though his tenure as White House press secretary was brief, Spicer made a lot of enemies, but also managed to endear himself to MAGA loyalists through his willingness to passionately spew unmitigated bullsh-t in defense of the Big Mac Fascist.
The fear was that Spicey would remain on the show for longer than he deserved due to politically motivated viewer votes and endorsements from influential Twitter personalities, such as [checks notes] the President of the United States of America.
"Vote for Sean Spicer on Dancing with the Stars. He is a great and very loyal guy who is working very hard! #MAGA," Trump tweeted last night, with all the subtlety and dignity that's defined his time in office.
As is so often the case, Trump's tweet seemed to miss the point.
DWTS results aren't supposed to be determined by how hard you work (all of the contestants work hard) or what you accomplished in your career prior to taking the dance floor.
Those who actually do understand the show's reason for being -- such as judge Carrie Inaba -- had difficulty concealing their frustration over the fact that Spicer was once again saved from elimination on Monday's episode, despite turning in one of the night's weakest performances:
"What I want to say about this is, there are people who are working their butts off, and we've gotten so many complaints in the past seasons about not the best dancer winning," Inaba vented.
"So, these people who are voting just to spite us or whatever reasons they're having in their heart -- listen, I respect you, but how about having a little respect for the people who are working their butts off dancing?" she went on.
"This is a dancing competition. It's nothing else. It's supposed to be about the best dancer. Put it where it counts!"
Inaba's fellow panelist Bruno Tonioli echoed her sentiments.
"Listen, we are giving a guideline based on our scores, and I think people assume that because you're on the top of the leaderboard, you are safe. And it doesn't work like that. You really have to vote with your brain as well as your heart," he said.
"No one is safe. You really have to vote sensibly!"
After the show, Inaba spoke with Entertainment Tonight, and made no effort to hide her irritation over the night's results:
"It's disappointing to see people go home like this week after week, and Sean is staying in, but it's always been a partnership between the judges and the people. That is what Dancing with the Stars is. I can't get too mad, but yeah, I'm a little frustrated," she said after Monday's episode, adding:
"I'm a lot frustrated."
As many fans pointed out, Spicer's own partner Jenna Johnson (filling in for Lindsay Arnold, who was sidelined by a family tragedy) appeared shocked by the outcome.
For his part Spicer basically admitted that he's winning a popularity contest disguised as a dancing competition:
"Honestly, [I feel] humbled. I mean, I know what my scores were. I know how well the rest of the cast did, and to know that that many people outweighed that vote, it just means a ton," he said.
"You stop and think once in a while, on a Monday night when everything else in the world in going on, you're making lunch for the kids, getting work done for the next day, whatever it is, and you stop and text and vote online for me on a show, it really means a lot."
Spicer added that the situation is so ridiculous at this point that he's considered stepping down in deference to the superior dancing ability of his competitors -- but he won't do so, as he wouldn't want to "disrespect" the voting process.
"It's disrespectful to the people who are voting," he expressed.
"It would be disrespectful to say, 'I'm going to walk away from you.'"
Yes, folks, at some point we wandered into a parallel universe in which Sean Spicer gives a sh-t about the popular vote and America likes this doofus more than Meredith from The Office (who was sent packing last night).
We never saw it coming, but then again, that's true of just about everything that happened in 2019.