Sean Spicer has a hard job. This is not a knock on how the new White House spokesperson is performing his duties, merely a statement of fact. It's not even an alternative fact -- the job of mouthpiece for the leader of the free world is daunting no matter who's in office. Fortunately Spicer has a coping mechanism that helps him work off stress and save time, too. He chews a lot of gum -- a lot -- and then because it's a cumbersome process to remove the gum from one's mouth after its flavor is spent, Spicer swallows it.
In 2016, Spicer told the Washington Post that he swallows "two-and-a-half packs" of cinnamon-flavored gum "by noon." 35 pieces of gum a day in all. Spicer also said that his doctor says his swallowing habit is no problem. There is snarky speculation inside the Beltway that Spicer's doctor is the famous sugar-free-gum denier singled out in the oft-repeated commercial claim: "four out of five dentists recommend sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum."
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