In all honesty, we’re not quite sure why people — news outlets, that is — keep talking to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
TV stations invite her on to talk about the administration, and newspapers and magazines interview her, and reporters ask her questions out on the White House lawn, and all we can think about the entire time is how the Mueller report proved once and for all that she’s not just a liar — she’s a habitual liar who lies about having lied. She even came out and lied about having been proven a liar.
It’s like Inception but for con artists.
Whatever’s driving these media outlets to keep just taking her at her word, it’s pretty frustrating. But ironically, I can’t stop reading or watching or reporting on it, because that’s my job. I guess that’s probably their excuse too.
The latest interview though, released today, is with the New York Times, and it’s an examination of all of the President’s mouthpieces since the beginning of his administration: Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Anthony Scaramucci, a seemingly endless parade of names we’ll one day forget just like we forgot about Andy Card and Scott McClellan — and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Maybe the main difference between Sanders and, say, a Hogan Gidley or a Kellyanne Conway, is the constant, ongoing reminder we have of her religious roots: She’s not supposed to be a liar, where the rest of them are almost excused because of their boss’ own penchant for prevarication — they lie because working for a liar requires them to. Maybe, in fact, that’s why we’re so offended when Sarah does it.
But let me tell you, the article in the Times quotes her in a way that doesn’t offend me — it makes me furious:
I will always do everything I can to give the best and most accurate information at the time that I can.”
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have two words for Sarah: Mueller. Report. In the pages of that harrowing document is a story of her directly, deliberately lying to the entire press corps about a fictional exchange she had with agents of America’s top law enforcement office, the FBI, and her admission to Mueller’s investigators that the statement she gave reporters — not a spur of the moment thing, since she repeated it the next day — was made up of whole cloth. Based on nothing. Pure fantasy.
So by the time I got to the part where Sarah began to feel bad for herself, I was almost laughing maniacally. From the article:
‘It certainly bothers me,’ she said of the ‘liar’ rap. ‘Because one of the few things you have are your integrity and reputation.’ She added that ‘there’s a difference between misspeaking or not knowing something than maliciously lying.’
No one would argue that a person’s integrity isn’t of paramount importance, I said. But I asked Sanders if there is a danger in linking your integrity to a president who might not always be known for accuracy. There have been many instances where the president has not told the truth, I said.
‘But you’re asking about me,’ Sanders said, not challenging the premise.”
Sarah Sanders knows she works for a liar and that she’ll be forced to lie (or do it because she wants to — she does have a choice, after all) in his service. And she has the sheer audacity to complain about her sullied reputation?
At long last, Sarah, sit down. Let us forget you first. For now, enjoy the inevitable social media roasting you’ll get when your quote makes the rounds.
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