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.