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Actually, it happened under Mitch McConnell's watch. https://t.co/OnWoJob8AR
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) July 18, 2018
Does Putin have a pee tape of Sarah Huckabee Sanders?
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 18, 2018
Despite all the criticisms of her performance, Huckabee Sanders is an artist in her own Southern-Gothic niche. She was hired — and she does her job, in this context, brilliantly — to be the grim, dutiful Good Wife who insists that ERRYTHING IS JUST FAAAAHNE THENK YEW in front of the village congregation. Sure, the whole neighborhood knows that (behind the facade) ‘Daddy’ is a mean drunk who knocks her around and sleeps with hookers, the family business is forever teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, her kids are out of control and would be in jail or another institution if the local police weren’t cowed by or complicit in the ‘best families’ oligarchy… but as long as she can slab on enough pancake makeup and wear her ‘family’ pearls, the comforting clan mythology remains unchallenged. It’s not an easy living, but what alternatives does a past-her-prime good Southern girl with no education outside the conservative bubble have? Praise ‘Merican Jeebus for “tradition”, and don’t forget to vote Republican!
When you try and justify your support for our traitor POTUS that’s called Manchuriansplaining.
— Sex Huntress (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 19, 2018
"In Sanders’s briefings, the Overton window doesn’t widen or narrow so much as it angrily yells at you for not being a door.” https://t.co/BG5qdZcgzl
— Yoni Appelbaum (@YAppelbaum) July 19, 2018
… It is a well-worn cliché of the Trump presidency—which is also to say, it is a well-worn cliché about the Trump psyche—that, within a White House as vertically integrated as this one, loyalty counts above all. And Sarah Sanders, the press secretary who will have been on the job, this week, for one year—the White House announced her promotion to the role in July of 2017—performs that loyalty every time she meets the press.
This is a White House that prioritizes the scoring of points over the complexities of compromise. Sanders, on behalf of the president she works for—a happy warrior in a culture war that has found a front in the James S. Brady briefing room at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—takes for granted an assumption that would be shocking were it not so common in the American culture of the early 21st century: There are things that are more important than truth.
Things like, for example, the claiming of victory against the other side. Things like, for example, the owning of libs and the trolling of Dems and the ability to victor-write history so thoroughly that you can claim, with an air of annoyance about being asked to make such a clarification in the first place, that the president’s long history of commentary on Russia has now been nullified, because the president had, in a single public event, “misspoken.” All of which made Wednesday’s briefing—the president will work with his team—both deeply typical and astounding: Here was one of the most prominent representatives of the White House choosing partisanship over patriotism. Winning above all…
Last fall, when she was still settling into the press secretary job after taking it over from Scaramucci, The New York Times asked Sanders, who is very much an evangelical Christian, what led her to want to work for Donald Trump, who is very much not. Sanders replied, matter-of-factly: “I thought he could win.”…
Don’t blame the Spokesmouthpiece, blame the Oval Office Occupant…
Translation: choose Party over country. https://t.co/Gv7xbEoOcR
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) July 20, 2018
all those stories of how trump projects his deepest insecurities in his unhinged rants ?? https://t.co/tFTn0Wzi1b
— darth™ (@darth) July 19, 2018
The Republican arguments about why we can’t infer that Trump is compromised by Russia in some way amount to saying that he’s emotionally, psychologically, and cohnitively incapable of discharging the duties of his office.
— Jacob T. Levy (@jtlevy) July 19, 2018
“He’s just so mad about the idea of anyone denying him full credit for his great magnificent bigly landslide electoral victory that he can’t see straight and can’t pay attention to anything about Russia and Putin.”
Then he can’t do the job.
— Jacob T. Levy (@jtlevy) July 19, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump is “not afraid of anything” … except for serving in the military, STDs, the public seeing his tax returns, a bald eagle, Putin, a no-carts golf course, Bob Mueller, windy days outdoors without a cap, an honest day’s work, facts, strong women, smart people … https://t.co/5sNQliznQN
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) July 19, 2018
Since everything is playing out like a movie, I look forward to the American co-conspirators being rounded up while Trump's military parade lumbers down Pennsylvania Avenue. pic.twitter.com/WYarOKgDLJ
— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 19, 2018