In College, Spicer Argued Against The First Amendment

After a college newspaper called him "Sean Sphincter," the young Spicer demanded an apology, saying that the writers were hiding behind the First Amendment.

Sean Spicer is all over the news today — and for the worst of reasons.

Back in his college days, the White House press secretary made a series of enemies while attempting to ban smoking in the Connecticut College dining hall, Raw Story reports. In a story for the school's newspaper, College Voice, reporters referred to Spicer as “Sean Sphincter” while talking about his anti-smoking crusade.

Insisting the misprint had been a spelling error, the newspaper dismissed the then-student's concerns. But Spicer didn't stop there. Instead of ignoring the incident and moving on, Spicer wrote a letter to the publication accusing the College Voice of “hiding behind” the First Amendment.

The letter reads:

While I as an individual have had to bear all the repercussions, the people responsible have been able to hide behind the shield of the College Voice and the First Amendment. ... The First Amendment does uphold the right [to] free speech and a free press, which I respect, however this situation goes beyond the bounds of free speech.

While Spicer wanted an apology, the newspaper's editorial staff chose to stand by the reporters, claiming that issuing an apology would violate their professional standards.

The letter has regained attention after CNN's Andrew Kacynski shared it with his Twitter followers. According to Raw Story, the tweet containing Spicer's letter followed the press secretary's decision to bar several news outlets from the White House press briefing.

Earlier today, Spicer made the news after publications revealed that he had personally been involved in the effort to discredit the New York Times' report on President Donald Trump and his aides being in contact with Russian intelligence during the presidential campaign.

If Spicer's goal is to be all over the news at all times, he got what he bargained for. He should explain what he meant by his seemingly unconstitutional stance back in college, and clarify whether or not he still believes the First Amendment can be used as a "shield." Otherwise, he will continue to make it easy for anyone to find reasons to believe he's not fit to be a spokesperson for a U.S. president.

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