Trump Card

“She’s a brass-knuckles brawler. Her shoving aside of the North Korean security guards is totally in line with who she is.”

Photo composition by Angelina Aragon

By Stephen Lemons | PHOENIX magazine

How did longtime Arizona political mouthpiece Stephanie Grisham land one of the most high-profile jobs in the Trump administration? By not following the rules.

During a recent appearance on Fox Business Network, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham looked ready to channel Godzilla and mow down all comers by blasting an atomic death beam from her kisser.

Host Trish Regan had asked Grisham, 43, about comments made by Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who called President Donald Trump’s actions in the impeachment scandal “appalling.”

Grisham did advance work on Romney’s failed 2012 presidential run. How did the Romney she served compare to the one badmouthing Trump? “Just one word comes to mind, and it’s ‘pathetic,’” Grisham spat, adding, “It’s hard for me to actually hear the word ‘Republican’ and ‘Mitt Romney’ in the same sentence.”

Grisham’s willingness to go sea monster on Mitt won’t surprise many who knew her in Arizona, where she honed her PR skills flacking for controversy-pocked local pols like former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and ex-state House Speaker David Gowan. So far, she seems tailor-made for the Trump White House. But will the fit keep once Trump shifts into campaign mode during primary season?


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