Some curious timing here, but I’ll take it!
The slack-jawed hillbilly from Arkansas, Lyin’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will no longer darken the White House press room with her pathological lies and her snarling attacks on reporters as “fake news.” She is mercifully leaving at the end of this month.
And a grateful nation rejoices: Hosannah and Hallelujah! Don’t let the door hit you in your ass on the way out. Good riddance!
CNN reports, Sarah Sanders leaving White House post:
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will leave her position at the end of the month, capping a tumultuous tenure as the President’s chief spokeswoman in which she largely redefined the position.
Yeah, she redefined it as the ministry of propaganda and alternative facts. The post-truth era reached its zenith under her tenure.
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that Sanders will return to her home state of Arkansas and floated the possibility of a gubernatorial run for the White House press secretary.
“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump said. “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
OK, a couple of things. Lyin’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders has not been White House press secretary for 3 1/2 years because Trump has only been president 2 1/2 years, and he had other lying press secretaries before her. And “Huckasanders” only “extraordinary talent” is being a stone-cold pathological liar like her boss.
And what’s this about running for governor of Arkansas? Last time I checked, Governor Asa Hutchinson was just reelected last year for a four year term, so she’s leaving now for a campaign in 2022? Very suspicious.
We need a “New Rule,” as comedian Bill Maher says: this woman should never be allowed to work in serious media or at any level of government ever again. Period.
Don’t worry, she probably already has a job lined up to continue as minister of propaganda at Trump TV or another conservative propaganda media outlet. There is always “wingnut welfare” available for political hacks like ‘Huckasanders.” Worse comes to worst, she can always get a job at TBN working for her huckster preacher-daddy Mike Huckabee. Don’t look so glum, it’s a paycheck.
Sanders’ tenure also marked a dramatic slide away from the traditional public-facing role of the White House press secretary.
Her resignation came on the 94th consecutive day without a White House briefing, the longest stretch of time without a briefing since briefings became a daily, televised occurrence more than two decades ago. In the past 300 days, only eight briefings were held, according to CNN’s tally.
So “you workin’ hard or hardly workin’?” We all know the answer to that one.
But while Sanders stepped away from the White House briefing room podium, she remained a reliable public face of the administration on television networks, defending the President through the controversies that frequently engulfed his administration and amidst the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
In that role, Sanders stood by Trump on nearly every front, from Trump’s attacks on the press and his hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with him to the administration’s zero-tolerance family separation at the border and his controversial comments about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Trump has denied the affairs.
Sanders public-facing role and her close relationship with Trump also led her behind closed doors, where she sat for an interview with Mueller’s investigators.
In that interview, Sanders admitted that she provided reporters with baseless information about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to the Mueller report, conceding that she had no basis for claiming that “countless members of the FBI” had lost faith in Comey.
“She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made ‘in the heat of the moment’ that was not founded on anything,” the Mueller report stated.
Trump and Sanders developed a close relationship after one of his closest confidants, then-White House communications director Hope Hicks, left the West Wing last February. The President, who was the one that recommended Sanders stop the daily press briefings, regularly praised her in private, bragging to others about how she defended him in television appearances and scuffled with the press.
Her colleagues often compared their relationship to Trump’s bond with Hicks, noting that while Sanders wasn’t considered a family member like Hicks was, she was the next closest thing.
Don’t worry “Huckasanders,” you may still be able to ingratiate yourself into the Trump crime family and move up to replace Hope Hicks. Word is she has Agreed to a Closed-Door Interview by the House Judiciary Committee:
Hope Hicks, who also worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign, agreed to the closed-door June 19 appearance, and a transcript of the proceeding will be released later, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.
“The interview will include questions related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and efforts by President Trump, his associates, and other administration officials to obstruct justice and investigations into presidential misconduct,” Nadler added in the statement.
If Hope Hicks provides any damaging testimony, Trump will be tweeting “She’s dead to me!” before the transcript of testimony is publicly released. So hang in there “Huckasanders,” there’s still hope for you yet.
No word on who will replace Lyin’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Maybe the “Mooch,” Anthony Scaramucci will make a triumphant comeback for another 15 minutes of fame). Since the White House has pretty much abandoned doing press briefings, maybe it’s time to just leave this job vacant. It wasn’t that long ago that there was a movement for White House Reporters to Boycott Sarah Sanders’ Press Briefings.