Sarah Sanders is being strongly criticized for defending the students who harassed a Native American veteran over the weekend. The White House White House press secretary told Fox News, “I’ve never seen people so happy to destroy a kid’s life.”
Sanders, who says President Trump will meet with the students from the Kentucky conservative private Catholic school in the White House after the shutdown, spoke with Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday night, as Talking Points Memo reports.
“I think what happened with BuzzFeed is a great lesson for the media,” Sanders said, referring to the news outlet’s story that President Trump told Michael Chen to lie to Congress. Although Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office refuted aspects of the article, Buzzfeed is standing by its reporting.
“Quit trying to be first and start trying to be right,” she continued, directing her anger at the media. President Donald Trump has told on average about six lies per day since taking office two years ago.
“We have seen time and time again where they run out here with outrageous, ridiculous stories. One person reports it to begin with and they all jump on it. We saw it again with the Covington students. I’ve never seen people so happy to destroy a kid’s life.”
Sanders doubles down on support of Covington student: "I’ve never seen people so happy to destroy a kid’s life" pic.twitter.com/lngd9yL0mr
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) January 23, 2019
Sanders, in the video above, begins by claiming President Trump “would love for people to report things accurately.” (Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt has said Trump means, “report the story the way I want it reported.”)
Some on social media were quick to jump on Sanders for her hypocrisy. Among them, David Hogg, one of the Parkland student survivors who were mercilessly attacked and bashed on Fox News and in the conservative media as “crisis actors,” and worse:
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) January 23, 2019
Many others noted the Trump administration since 2017 has enacted a policy to intentionally separate thousands of migrant children from their families at the border, in a failed effort to deter others from attempting to cross the border in violation of the law, which is a misdemeanor.
Take a look at some of the responses:
YOU. SEPARATED. IMMIGRANT. KIDS. FROM. THEIR. FAMILIES.
Not as a disorganized act of internet outrage.
As a matter of official, deliberate government policy. https://t.co/FSCwaVfJEs
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) January 23, 2019
They ripped 2000+ kids from their parents. https://t.co/zms5UiRt5J
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 23, 2019
She means a white kid.
Brown kids? Well, they belong in cages. https://t.co/4VEFgTgVLU
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) January 23, 2019
Her boss took out a full-page ad in the New York Daily News to call for the death penalty for a group of innocent teenagers https://t.co/sRXtV0bobQ
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) January 23, 2019
“Never seen people so happy to destroy a kid’s life” said Sarah Sanders, on Fox News, home of Laura Ingraham, who attacked a school shooting survivor resulting in him receiving death threats just days after he saw his classmates murderered. pic.twitter.com/364LzOdhMj
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 23, 2019
— LaCroce (@LaCroceNYC) January 23, 2019
Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’
Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.
Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.
"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"
Trump still has no set plan to combat coronavirus just hours before hastily called press conference set to begin: Report
President Donald Trump still has no set plan to combat the spread of coronavirus, just hours before he is set to hold a hastily-called 6 PM Wednesday press conference. According to Politico, Trump haas yet to decide whether or not to install a coronavirus czar to coordinate efforts, similar to how the Obama administration successfully staved off the spread of Ebola in 2014.
"Officials are still debating whether such a role is necessary, but the global spread has increased the urgency to elevate its response, and the Trump White House is eager to appear like it’s in control of containing the virus within the United States," Politico adds.
Legal experts speculate Bill Barr was merely ‘nonsense posturing’ when he claimed Trump’s tweets made his job ‘impossible’
Attorney General William Barr recently complained that President Donald Trump makes it “impossible” for him to do his job when he tweets about cases that are still making their way through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the federal courts — for example, the criminal case of long-time Trump ally and veteran GOP operative Roger Stone. But Barr remains a Trump loyalist, and Law & Crime reporter Jerry Lambe notes in an article published on February 25 that Trump continues to tweet about Stone’s case.