White House press secretary breaks silence, spews lies
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders decided to earn some of her salary Monday by giving a press briefing, which is a rare occurrence lately. After declaring that her boss was going to go to Pittsburgh whether a mourning Pittsburgh wanted him or not, the rest of the briefing was an exercise in overwrought defensiveness and declaring of Trump’s victimhood.
Most telling was an exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta, repeatedly pressing on Trump’s rhetoric against the media. “Can you state for the record which [news] outlets are the enemy of the people,” Acosta asked. “I’m not going to walk through a list. I believe those individuals know who they are,” she said. “Would that include my outlet, which received a bomb last week?” he continued. It’s not a “full outlet” Trump’s talking about, she responded. “At times I think there’s individuals that the president would be referencing.” Subtle. “Shouldn’t you have the guts, Sarah,” Acosta asked, “to state which outlets, which journalists are the enemy of the people?” She didn’t. Just for the record:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Pressed on those package bombs, Sanders was asked if Trump would tone it down and stop encouraging “lock her up” chants at his rallies. “Look, the president will continue to draw contrasts,” she said. He’s just drawing contrasts. The defensiveness got more and more extreme as the briefing went on. What does Trump mean when he says he might “tone up” his rhetoric, she was asked. “He’s found moments to bring our country together and focus on things that all of us can support and all of us can condemn,” she lamely countered. So why does he keep attacking the press? “Well, stop criticizing him then,” she answered.
Pressed by NBC’s Hallie Jackson on his attacks on the media and attacks on Democrats, Sanders answered “the president’s going to defend himself and he’s going to fight back.”