Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former press secretary for President Donald Trump, is eyeing up a possible run for governor. But as she does so, one thing confounds her: being called a liar.
As she makes the rounds across the state — she’s been speaking at several Republican engagements, according to the Associated Press — it’s clear to see that she’s planning a run for office in the state. Her pending run for governor was widely discussed when she left her post at the White House, on good terms with the president.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Sanders explained that she sees a benefit to remaining loyal to Trump, and helping him run for a second term in 2020 — particularly for her own future.
“If he wins, there’s a solid base and people will come in and be helpful. If he loses, people will be angry and they will want to rally around Trump people,” she said, per reporting from The Guardian.
Sanders also spoke about the challenges she faced at the White House, noting she was attacked for her weight and appearance, and claiming that her kids “were threatened” while she worked for the president.
Oddly, the safety of her children didn’t concern her the most: it was being called a liar.
“I don’t like being called a liar. The other stuff bothered me far less,” Sanders said.
The number of times Sanders lied on behalf of the president — either defending some outlandish statement he made, or coming up with some doozies on her own — were countless. But even she acknowledged she sometimes made things up, when she spoke with the FBI during the course of the Russia investigation.
Sarah H. Sanders lied about the FBI from the press briefing podium. When Mueller's probe exposed the lie, she called it a "slip of the tongue,” but the "slip" happened multiple times.
"I don't like being called a liar," Sanders says in new NYT interview.https://t.co/JUzflaPUe9
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 24, 2019
After Trump had fired former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, Sanders tried to justify the action not as one out of attempting to interfere with an investigation, but rather due to the supposed incompetence of Comey himself. Sanders told reporters that “countless” FBI agents had voiced dissatisfaction in Comey’s leadership, telling the administration they had lost confidence in him.
But after the Mueller report was released, it was revealed that Sanders had told investigators that wasn’t the case at all.
Sanders “recalled that her statement in a separate press interview, that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey, was a comment she made ‘in the heat of the moment’ that was not founded on anything,” the report detailed, according to NBC News.
Lying to the FBI is a criminal offense. Lying to the American people, while possibly damaging to one’s character, is not a crime.
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