For most of the last year-and-a-half, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ primary task has been to explain the contortions, distortions, alternative facts, and outright lies that have become SOP for Donald Trump’s administration. She hasn’t seemed to bat an eyelash while doing so–a big reason why I’ve nicknamed her the “Princess of Lies.” Remember, “Sarah” means “princess.”
But Sanders has often had to explain and defend some of Trump’s more outrageous comments and tweets. One of the worst of those said moments came on Monday, when Sanders was asked about Trump calling former aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman a “dog.” Sanders’ response has to be seen in full to be believed.
When asked if Trump felt it was at all appropriate to talk about anyone in this way, Sanders replied with virtually no hesitation that her boss was merely “voicing his frustration” at how Omarosa turned on him. When asked about whether it seemed to be part of a pattern of attacking high-profile minorities, Sanders replied that Trump was “an equal opportunity person” who always “fights fire with fire.”
This raised echoes of how the Princess of Lies defended Trump after he took an outrageous and degrading swipe at another woman who crossed him. Last summer, Sanders, who was deputy press secretary at the time, found herself defending Trump’s suggestion that Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” was “bleeding badly” from botched plastic surgery just before New Year’s. This came in response to Brezinski and her co-host/fiancé, Joe Scarborough, turning hard on Trump after it became more and more apparent during the campaign and the early stages of his administration that he was a monster.
How did Sanders respond? Watch a clip from the June 29, 2017 press briefing here.
Sanders claimed that Trump was merely defending himself from “constant personal attacks,” and was not going to sit back and be attacked by “the liberal media” and “Hollywood elites.”
So now we have not one, but at least two, instances where Sanders doesn’t have a problem defending Trump after he makes blatantly sexist comments. What does that say about the environment fostered in this White House? Nothing good, from where I’m sitting.
Disturbing as it is by itself, it’s even more so when you consider that she has two sons and a daughter. What mother would be at all okay with her sons calling a girl a “dog”? And what mother would sit there and allow some guy to attack her daughter in this way, then suggest he was merely “voicing his frustration” at something she supposedly did?
If any of those questions were running through Sanders’ mind after Trump’s attacks on Brzezinski and Omarosa, we may have gotten an idea how she deals with them on Saturday night. Her father, Mike Huckabee, hosts a weekly talk show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and persuaded Sanders to drop by. Watch here.
As expected, the interview was a softball fest. But the most telling moment came when Daddy Dearest asked his princess if Trump ever told her what she wanted her to say. Without hesitation, Sanders replied that her job was to “give his message and try to explain his policies.” She considers her daily meetings with Trump one of the most important parts of her day.
Um, Sarah? You’re a born-again Christian. Has it occurred to you that you also have a duty not to compromise your faith and your witness? It is simply beyond belief that you would even think defending such outrageously sexist and degrading comments from Trump is something a Christian public servant would be at all acceptable.
And it’s even more unbelievable when, in your words, you do a devotional before heading to the podium to “get my head in the right place.” You mean to tell me that in that time, you aren’t at least thinking, “What am I defending here?” Moreover, you talked about how you love bringing your kids to the White House. Have you considered what kind of example you’re setting for them–and every other kid in this country–while defending such outrageous comments from your boss?
Sanders boasts on her official Twitter account that she is “proudly representing @POTUS.” For some time, it’s led us to wonder if she’s proud to defend Trump when he acts like a boor and a bully. Now we may have our answer.
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