As time goes on, the Trump administration continues to drag the public image of the White House through the mud. On a near-daily basis, the president takes to social media with some sort of half-baked nonsense targeted at his opponents, but it’s not just the man in charge with the dishonorable behavior.
It recently came out that White House communications staffer Kelly Sadler had commented in a private meeting that the opinion of Arizona GOP U.S. Senator John McCain “doesn’t matter” because he’s “dying anyway.” McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer; he recently expressed opposition to Gina Haspel, the president’s choice to be the next CIA director.
Representing the Trump administration digging further and further into its positions, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went on Fox this week to address the fallout over those comments — and found fault with whoever leaked the comment and not Sadler herself for having expressed such a repugnant sentiment in the first place.
Goaded into such a position by Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy’s questioning, Sanders commented as follows, speaking of leakers:
‘I can tell you there are a couple of bad actors. I think it is disgusting and some of the most shameful behavior that you could ever engage in. It’s an honor and a privilege to work for the president and to be part of his administration. And anybody who betrays that, I think, is a total and complete coward and they should be fired.’
In what universe is it an “honor and a privilege” to work for someone like Donald Trump, who can’t even get his facts straight and periodically reverts to babbling racist nonsense?
As a follow-up question, in what universe should someone be fired who aims to maintain an accurate public record of the goings-on inside such an administration and someone who degrades a sitting member of Congress as going to “die soon anyway” not be fired? Sadler still has a job and the White House refused to apologize for her comment.
The only response that has come from the White House is one of seeking to, as Sanders did on Fox, discredit leakers.
The president himself sought to employ such a strategy this week on Twitter, posting a message reading:
‘The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!’
It’s a curious mental feat for the president to insist both that the leaks are an “exaggeration” and that the leakers are “traitors and cowards” who will be found out. Either the leaks are “fake news” or they’re not; as others have pointed out, he can’t have it both ways.
They are, nevertheless, continuing on with their campaign against those who would dare speak to the press; Sanders did so during her recent appearance on Fox in part through casting being in a position of working for the president as something literally “sacred.”
She said, in part:
‘This is one of the greatest opportunities of a lifetime to get to work and serve for President Trump and it’s something that is sacred for someone to allow you to have that opportunity.’
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