It was announced Monday that White House press secretary Sean Spicer will reportedly receive a promotion from his current role to communications chief, a position that would give Spicer oversight of the entire communications department in the Trump White House.
The announcement came as a surprise to many, especially considering that for almost the entirety of the Trump administration, there have been grumblings that President Donald Trump didn’t approve of Spicer’s performance and wanted to replace him.
But Spicer's rumored promotion wasn't the only prominent news from the White House press department this week.
Following public criticisms from CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta over the White House now often holding off-camera press gaggles, The Atlantic's Rosie Gray sent a text message to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to inquire about the change from more traditional on-camera briefings — and she received quite the response.
“Sean got fatter,” Bannon reportedly told Gray.
The comment, which was made public Tuesday morning, was met with laughter on Twitter. Many believed Bannon’s comment was a joke, especially considering that he did not respond to a follow up comment from Gray.
But there was at least one person who did not find Bannon’s apparent joke to be funny: Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.
According to Clinton, Bannon was “fat shaming” Spicer.
"The White House using fat shaming to justify increased opacity. 2017,” Clinton wrote on Twitter.
The White House using fat shaming to justify increased opacity. 2017. https://t.co/pWqupoAOXu— Chelsea Clinton (@Chelsea Clinton)1497962181.0
In response to one critic, who called Clinton’s “fat shaming” comment a “PR-managed response from the humor-impaired left,” Clinton doubled down.
"Fat shaming isn't a joke I find funny. Ever,” Clinton wrote.
Hi Jim! Just me as I was standing in line @Starbucks earlier. Fat shaming isn't a joke I find funny. Ever. https://t.co/cKIJR3UDnl— Chelsea Clinton (@Chelsea Clinton)1497964691.0
Needless to say, Clinton’s inability to take a perceived lighthearted joke made her a mockery on social media:
I'm a fat person. We deserve to be shamed. Lighten up, Francis.
— chad dukes (@chaddukes) June 20, 2017
It was a joke people
— Snoopy (@Snoopyraym) June 20, 2017
Oh god... https://t.co/oBmobV1gMU— Stephen L. Miller (@Stephen L. Miller)1497963991.0
It’s a joke people… https://t.co/2mMNcX7GHY— Charlie Spiering (@Charlie Spiering)1497962291.0
From a girl that says she Quit Church at 6 because they didnt believe in Abortion What a Tool
— 💋Trump 2020 💋 (@wheelercynthia) June 20, 2017
If you can't take a joke, you probably are one.
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) June 20, 2017
.@ChelseaClinton you guys will twist anything for your attacks! Or... you have no sense of humor! 🙄
— Not Justa Mom (@nanr18) June 20, 2017
Just trying to figure out how thick headed you have to be to not recognize a joke. Maybe you're just always looking for stones to throw.
— Miss Perot (@MissPerot) June 20, 2017
OMG! How dare the administration make a low-brow joke at the administration!
— ProudBoys Ohio (@ProudBoysOhio) June 20, 2017
It hasn't yet been announced that Spicer has officially been promoted from press secretary to communications chief, but reports indicate the White House is actively re-evaluating Spicer's current role and even looking for communications department replacements.