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Goodbye, Sarah

Robert Franklin

Posted on June 14, 2019 09:46

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On June 30, Sarah Sanders is resigning her position as press secretary. She wishes to be remembered as "honest and transparent." Well...

"Goodbye, Sarah. It's been nice."

Not really.

At the end of this month, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving her position as White House Press Secretary to return home. She has mentioned how proud she is to have served under President Trump and noted that she hopes she is remembered as being "honest and transparent."

For two years, she did not do this. She was not "honest and transparent," as she aspired to be. She acted less like a facilitator of the President's ideas and ambitions and more like a gatekeeper, viciously guarding what she believed to be the integrity of the administration from a press corps who knew better than that, a sounding board of vitriolic antagonism who always appeared to be doing the job, not because she thought it was necessary or because she wanted to, but because it was expected of her... kind of.

At the time of this writing, she hasn't held a press briefing since March 11, and even that assembly was less than fifteen minutes long.

Sarah Sanders was an embarrassment to the position, and she made the country worse for it. Her two years of lying and giving the proverbial middle finger to the media has beaten the practice of the White House press briefing into the mud. These briefings were once daily, now we're lucky to get one per quarter.

As Brian Stelter wrote for CNN, whose correspondent Jim Acosta was a particularly popular target for Sanders' malignant animus, Sarah Sanders presided as architect of "the death of the daily press briefing."

Sarah Sanders was a liar, whose rigidity and agitated demeanor made for more cringe at press briefings than the writers of The Office could ever produce in Michael Scott. But while the latter was for fun, and the chaos of his workplace was for the chuckles, Sanders' workplace was a sanctuary for the profane, consumed by a cloud of bigotry, falsehoods, and resentment, from which she apparently took no issue drawing strength and inspiration.

Robert Mueller's investigation proved as much. When Sarah Sanders said that "countless" FBI agents told her they were thankful President Trump fired James Comey, she wasn't retelling facts related to the firing. She came up with that off the top of her head, like a child using their imagination.

She lied about President Trump's in-office hush money payoffs, even though the President admitted to them.

She lied about President Trump's job creation numbers.

She's lied about the President's propensity to promote and encourage violence.

That is, when she's actually done her job.

Now, as we start getting the ball rolling on the 2020 general election, she has decided to resign her position and go home. We don't even know if she'll hold another briefing before she bails out of the Beltway on June 30. But if recent history tells us anything, she won't.

Who really knows if we get one again.

Robert Franklin

Posted on June 14, 2019 09:46

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