Former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is being highly-criticized after she mocked Joe Biden’s stuttering during Thursday night’s 2020 Democratic presidential debate.
The former Vice President, who grew up with a stutter he has worked his entire life to control, was actually emulating a child who he said came up to him, saying “I can’t talk.”
Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter in an apparent attempt to disparage Biden.
“I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I hhhave absolutely no idea what Biden is talking about. #DemDebate,” Sanders tweeted.
Biden quickly responded.
I’ve worked my whole life to overcome a stutter. And it’s my great honor to mentor kids who have experienced the same. It’s called empathy. Look it up. https://t.co/0kd0UJr9Rs
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 20, 2019
Huckabee Sanders deleted her tweet, claiming she was “trying to make fun of anyone with a speech impediment.”
It appears few believe her.
Prominent technology business journalist Kara Swisher:
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) December 20, 2019
Another person on Twitter reminded Swisher of the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner:
She was dead on correct.
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) December 20, 2019
A former CIA officer:
Mocking Biden who overcame a stutter. You can take a woman out of the Trump White House but you can’t take the Trump White House out of a woman. https://t.co/WFfsa8zx4E
— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) December 20, 2019
Global News’ national reporter:
That’s gross. https://t.co/QWHXygoSbJ
— Mike Armstrong (@ArmstrongGN) December 20, 2019
First Trump’s cruelty toward the Dingells and now Sarah Sanders mocking Biden’s stutter. Aren’t we all sick of this meanness and bullying? https://t.co/BYy2ovozCK
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) December 20, 2019
The people of Arkansas may elect you but God will never a welcome someone as cruel as you Into his kingdom. Have fun looking up with Trump Sarah Sanders
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) December 20, 2019
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) December 20, 2019
Here’s prominent journalist Soledad O’Brien, who is the chairwoman of Starfish Media Group:
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) December 20, 2019
This refugee/Trans advocate notes that Huckabee Sanders is actually a Fulbright Board member:
As a Fulbright-Schumaner with the @FulbrightPrgrm, it is appalling to see ableist comments coming from @fulbrightboard Member Sanders. The fourth guiding administrative principle of the Fulbright program is to “encourage diversity.” These comments are at odds with that. https://t.co/AD90SkLy3B
— Hera Jay (@herajaybrown) December 20, 2019
Indeed, here’s Huckabee Sanders’ Twitter bio in which she mentions it:
“Christian. Wife. Mom to three. Former Press Sec for @realdonaldtrump. @foxnews contributor. Presidential appointee @fulbrightboard. Traveler. Arkansan.”
Huckabee Sanders later apologized but did not admit she was mocking Biden – which also was not well-received:
So, mocking stuttering would have been okay if Biden didn’t stutter?
You know, Sarah, I saw you last year at the British Embassy. You were clearly buzzed, and people were clearly avoiding you.
Probably because you’re not a good person. You do shit like this A LOT.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 20, 2019
‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election
As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.
K-pop megastars BTS cancel Seoul concerts as South Korea coronavirus cases pass 2,000
K-pop megastars BTS on Friday cancelled four Seoul concerts due in April as the number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea passed 2,000.
The seven-piece boyband -- currently one of the biggest acts in the world -- had scheduled four gigs at the capital's Olympic Stadium to promote their new album, "Map of the Soul: 7".
More than 200,000 fans were expected to attend, their agency Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement, with "a number of global production companies and a large group of expert international crew" also involved.
It was "impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak", it said, creating so much uncertainty it was "unavoidable" the shows were cancelled "without further delay".
‘A loser’s idea of what winning looks like’: Trump ripped for bragging about coronavirus response
President Donald Trump was mocked on Thursday after bragging that America is "way ahead in the battle with the coronavirus."
The commander-in-chief pontificated on the outbreak on Thursday and praised Vice President Mike Pence.
"Do Nothing Democrats were busy wasting their time on the Impeachment Hoax, & anything they could do to make the Republican Party look bad, while I was busy calling early boarder (sic) & flight closings, putting us way ahead in our battle with the Coronavirus. Dems called it very wrong!" Trump tweeted.
Trump was quickly criticized for his bragging, here's some of the criticism of his comments: