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CNN Obliterates Sean Spicer’s ‘Russian Salad Dressing’ Joke in Blistering Fact Check

russian salad dressing
Philip Hodges
Written by Philip Hodges

It started at Tuesday’s White House press briefing when Sean Spicer fielded a question from April Ryan, who mentioned how President Trump has all these scandals swirling around. “You’ve got Russia, you’ve got ‘wiretapping,’ you’ve got investigations,” April said right before Spicer cut her off and argued that Trump doesn’t have those things, Democrats do.

He continued, pointing out for the umpteenth time that there is no Russian connection.

“If the President puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russia connection,” he joked.

Good thing CNN is here to fact-check statements like this and keep these public officials accountable.

As it turns out, ‘Russian salad dressing’ isn’t even Russian. Here’s CNN, speaking truth to power:

Thing is, Russian dressing isn’t Russian. (Also, it’s really not for salads, but more of a sandwich spread — usually a Reuben.)

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Russian dressing typically is served with corned beef, Swiss and sauerkraut on a Reuben sandwich.

The mayo and ketchup concoction — often dressed up with horseradish and spices — was created in Nashua, New Hampshire.

It was grocer James E. Colburn who invented the spread in 1924, according to “New Hampshire Resources, Attractions and Its People, a History,” by Hobart Pillsbury. The Washington Post cites the 1927 text, which says Colburn sold the condiment to “retailers and hotels across the country, earning ‘wealth on which he was enabled to retire.'”

So what’s with the Russian connection? Some say it’s because Colburn liked to mix in caviar, or perhaps because it sometimes was added to the Russian-inspired Salad Olivier.

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About the author

Philip Hodges

Philip Hodges

Phil has been writing about outrageous news and politics since 2012.
He is the Editor at EagleRising.com and has written for Constitution.com, Last Resistance, Political Outcast, and Godfather Politics.

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