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President Trump had some encouraging words for Sean Spicer on Monday night after his former press secretary was voted off Dancing With the Stars.

But they weren’t Trump’s first words of encouragement for Spicer on Monday — as he had before, Trump encouraged his Twitter followers to “vote for Sean Spicer on Dancing With the Stars. He is a great and very loyal guy who is working very hard. He is in the quarterfinals — all the way with Sean! #MAGA #KAG” After Spicer got the boot, Trump deleted that tweet.

“It’s a minor thing but nonetheless telling that Trump deleted his tweet promoting Spicer,” Washington Post columnist Daniel Drezner tweeted. “It’s almost as if he can’t abide the fact that his endorsement lacks sufficient power.” Other people saw a pattern with the people Trump endorses:

But Spicer probably had Trump — or at least Trump supporters — to thank for hanging on as long as he did. “Based on judges’ votes alone, Spicer should have been eliminated (at least) two weeks ago,” Entertainment Weekly notes, “but Karamo Brown and Kate Flannery — both of whom gave far superior performances — were cut instead.” Spicer “can’t dance, that’s literally what it is,” Karamo Brown told Bravo’s Andy Cohen last week. “But it’s also fan vote,” and “our president, who should be doing other stuff, has been tweeting ‘vote for the man.'” Peter Weber

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