One could almost – almost – feel sorry for White House Press Secretary (and woman who is not fucking amused) Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Here’s someone whose job it is to go out nearly everyday and defend the indefensible, where that sometimes entails explaining away misogyny and racism and virtually always requires lying to the White House press corps.
Since taking over for Sean Spicer last year, Sanders has done an admirable job of keeping it together in the face of withering criticism from all corners and allegations that she habitually (and deliberately) misleads the American people on behalf on an administration that stands accused (at least in the court of public opinion if not yet in actual court) of everything from obstruction of justice to high treason.
Sanders of course knows that she’s got the worst job in America and more often than not, it’s glaringly obvious that she’s being lied to on a daily basis just like the rest of us, the only difference being she’s a witting accomplice.
Following the Michelle Wolf uproar, Sanders has been visibly distraught on a number of occasions while attempting to field questions she used to brush off with relative ease. Her most recent snafu came when new revelations about Trump dictating a letter about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she made false statements about that letter to the press.
Beyond that, she’s recently been forced to explain how millions of dollars in payments made to Michael Cohen represent Trump “draining the swap” (as opposed to representing precisely the opposite) and has also been at pains to maintain her composure while being peppered with questions about porn stars.
Here’s a representative clip from last week that shows you how Sarah is this close to losing her fucking mind:
.@PressSec: "Frankly, you have the ability to choose what you want to write about, and you guys choose to write about things that the American people don't care about day in and day out." https://t.co/X4t7Pmb8Du pic.twitter.com/GKzTsx3KBA
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 4, 2018
And so it comes as no surprise that, according to multiple sources who spoke to CBS, Sanders is planning her exit (or maybe her “escape” is better). To wit, from an article out Wednesday evening:
Two of the most visible members of the Trump administration are planning their departures, the latest sign of upheaval in a White House marked by turmoil.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah are both heading for the exits, according to sources inside the White House and close to the administration. Sanders, who has become a confidante of President Trump since the, has told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year.
Shah is also considering his exit, but he has not yet settled on an exact date. Both Sanders and Shah declined to comment to CBS News when reached Wednesday evening.
“There will be even more people leaving the White House sooner rather than later, laid off or just leaving out of exhaustion. And it is going to be harder to find good people to replace them,” a source close to the administration told CBS News. “I do think they’re going to have a harder time getting the second wave of people in than the first, because those people were loyalists, and [new] folks will have to be recruited and encouraged and then survive the vetting process. In addition to all of that, the president prefers to have a small communications staff.”
Sanders declined to comment for the story, but she did take to Twitter to post this:
Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the WH” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 14, 2018
Time stamp it, folks. Because how many times as that very same Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that reports of someone leaving the White House weren’t true only to see those people leave in relatively short order?
It will be sad to see Sarah go, though. I mean, if someone is going to lie to your face about the important issues, it might as well be this person:
We just hope our advice was helpful at some point…
Sarah: best thing to do if you want to stop the President from shouting "Batman over and over again" is go get him a happy meal at McDonald's and sit him down in front of Blue's Clues (but not Dora, because she's from a "shithole")
— Walter White (@heisenbergrpt) January 14, 2018