The new Sean Spicer crashed and burned on live TV trying to crack a god-awful joke

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders trolled reporters on Monday by saying she would start by talking about something that’s on all their minds.

Wow, did this mean she was going to begin by directly addressing the indictments against Donald Trump campaign insiders Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos?

Not even close. Sanders said that she wanted to start by talking about beer.

That joke and the one that followed about not advocating drinking “for her parents’ sake” both landed with thuds.

Not one reporter laughed. One coughed. It was a tough crowd alright.

So rather than begin with what everyone wanted to hear about, Sanders launched into a long and confusing anecdote about beer and taxes.

“I think you’ll enjoy it,” she said. Spoiler: No one did.

As she acknowledged this anecdote has been doing the rounds on the internet for a while so it isn’t her material. But that doesn’t make it right. If you are feeling particuarly masochistic you can watch the whole thing below:

Still here? The gist of it is this: Ten people buy $10 beers and they divide the bill in the same way income tax would, so the poorest four pay nothing and the richest guy pays $59.

Then the ten people go to the bar again and the bartenders says he will give them $20 off. Sanders says that 20 bucks should go to the richest guy, because that would be “fair”.

Sanders’ delivery was awful and the Twitter backlash for such a feeble attempt at distraction has been swift.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has been repeatedly lowering the bar.

First, Trump was so bad that we started to miss Geroge W Bush.

Now Sanders is so terrible we may actually start missing Sean Spicer.

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