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Sarah Sanders Says She Hopes You’ll Remember Her For Being ‘Transparent And Honest’


Sarah Sanders Says She Hopes You’ll Remember Her For Being ‘Transparent And Honest’

Sarah Huckabee Sanders hopes to be remembered for being “transparent and honest” when her tenure as President Trump’s White House press secretary comes to an end.

Sanders, who has a well-documented history of disseminating false and misleading information to the press, has been cited at least five times by fact-checking website Politifact for giving objectively false information.

While speaking at POLITICO’s Women Rule event this Tuesday, Sanders was asked by reporter Eliana Johnson how she wants her legacy to turn out.

“I hope that it will be that I showed up every day and I did the very best job that I could to put forward the president’s message,” she replied, adding that she’d also like to be recognized for doing “the best job that I could to answer questions.”

“To be transparent and honest throughout that process and do everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before,” she continued.

When asked about President Trump’s attacks on female journalists, Sanders said it was all about equality.

“The president is not ― is certainly not singling out women,” Sanders said. “And, frankly, I think it is actually a detriment when we do that. I think by asking am I upset because he called out a female reporter, absolutely not. Women wanted to be treated equally, and we have a president that certainly does that. He is not going to hold back.”


But the president seems to have targeted female reporters in particular, and his comments demeaning or otherwise belittling women journalists go back nearly two years. Early in his presidency, Trump commented on an Irish reporter’s appearances, calling her over to his desk in an uncomfortable exchange that ricocheted on social media.

In an encounter with reporters days after the news conference at which he sparred with Acosta, the president insulted April Ryan. “You talk about somebody that’s a loser,” Trump said of Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks who is African-American. “She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing.”

At the same gathering, another black female reporter, Abby Phillip of CNN, asked Trump whether he wanted his acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, to “rein in” special counsel Robert Mueller. “What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question,” he told her.

Also last month, the president lashed out at Yamiche Alcindor, a reporter of color with “PBS NewsHour,” when she asked whether he worried that his rhetoric was emboldening white nationalists. “That is such a racist question,” Trump said, adding that the question “is so insulting to me. It’s a very terrible thing you said.”


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