Donald Trump has made his picks for his inner circle in the White House — and some of them are devout Catholics. Among them is Sean Spicer, whom Trump has tapped to be his press secretary. This makes Spicer among the few Catholics in U.S. history chosen for the position (previous Catholic press secretaries include Tony Snow under the George W. Bush administration and Robert Gibbs under the Obama administration).
Spicer is known to wear his faith on his sleeve — or at least, on his forehead. He endured mocking last Ash Wednesday after he appeared on CNN wearing the traditional ashes.
Twitter users ignorant of the Catholic practice published a number of tweets making fun of the Republican leader:
"DUDE. YOUR FOREHEAD."
"What's up with the makeup @seanspicer?
"@seanspicer someone pulled a prank on you or you've got something on your head lol."
Spicer responded to the tweets with the simple hashtag #AshWednesday.
Catholics also weighed in to defend him. "Dear Twitter trolls: Maybe less time on snarky tweets about the mark on @seanspicer's forehead & more time learning about Ash Wednesday," tweeted political strategist Mo Elleithee.
Mark Standriff, former director of communications at the California Republican Party, tweeted, "Feeling bad for my RNC buddy @seanspicer, who's having to explain his Catholicism to a shrivel of critics after his @CNN spox. #AshWednesday."
In a January 3 interview with EWTN, Spicer assured the American people that faith will play a significant part in helping shape policy in the Trump administration.
"There's a lot of folks in the senior ranks of this administration who are very proud of their faith and their religion," he said, "and it's going to help guide us do the right thing for this country."
On the issue of abortion, Spicer vowed that Trump will do all in his power to overturn the HHS Mandate, saying, "The president has been very clear on his stance on life, and we're going to make sure that we are a very pro-life administration."
"I'm going to look to God every day to give me the strength to do what's right," Spicer said of his new role as press secretary. "That's all you can ask for is to get up and to say 'Can I do the right thing?' Help guide me and ask Him for strength."
"We don't know what God's plan is at any time," he added, "but we know that He has one for each of us, and I'm honored that He's chosen me to be part of this adminstration, and serve this nation hopefully to make it a better place."