Sarah Huckabee Sanders can be seen at any White House press briefing making spur-of-the-moment excuses for the deplorable actions of Donald Trump, even telling outright lies to cover his most outrageous statements. After insisting that it was absolutely “appropriate” for the president to call anyone who kneels during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against people of color a “son of a b*tch,” the White House press secretary got into even deeper waters today by dismissing a black journalist’s questions about Trump’s NFL rants.
After first interrupting award-winning journalist April Ryan as she attempted to lay out her question about what Americans should expect from the president following such divisive rhetoric, Huckabee Sanders tried to brush her off by saying that Trump has been “very clear” that his outrage was not directed at NFL players, even though he called them awful names, but that “this should be about coming together to support the flag.”
Huckabee Sanders then made the outrageous suggestion that Ryan and others asking these questions should “look at history” and note all of those service members who died for their country and then snapped, “We should be looking for ways to bring our country together, not to divide it.” The answer is made so much worse when one does look at history and sees all of the reasons why people of color have been driven to protest and how racists like Donald Trump have reacted. In short, his reaction hasn’t differed much.
Ryan asked Huckabee Sanders to clarify her statement, and the press secretary made one inadvertently true declaration: ““I don’t think there’s much to clarify. It’s pretty black and white.”
That, at least, is absolutely correct.
The same man who praised peaceful protests as a “hallmark of our democracy” in January now has an issue with peaceful protests by men of color in the NFL, as well as a woman of color at ESPN, and men of color in the NBA who speak out against him.
Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
Huckabee Sanders is absolutely correct. This is very much an issue of black and white.
For the full exchange, see video from the press conference below:
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