In President Trump’s war on the news media, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on the front lines. As loyal a soldier as she may be, and as much power as the banner of the presidency she marches under may carry, it’s really only a matter of time before the hordes of reporters in the West Wing’s briefing room lose patience with her constant obfuscations and outright lies.
Huckabee Sanders has feuded with individuals like CNN’s Jim Acosta and April Ryan from time to time, but never has the full press corps turned on her in unison. Today, it appeared like that might just happen.
After her almost habitual cheap-shot exchange with the aforementioned Acosta, the press secretary failed to provide anything resembling an accurate answer to a question posed by CBS News correspondent Paula Reid challenging the White House’s immigration policy that calls for separating kids from their parents at the border.
That’s when a fellow White House correspondent Brian Karem lost it. The executive editor of the Prince Georges and Montgomery Sentinel newspapers in Maryland railed into Huckabee Sanders in a way few reporters have dared.
“You’re a parent!” he pleaded. “Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?” Karem said. “They have less than you do. Seriously!” he continued, out of turn and visibly angry.
“I know you want more TV time,” Sanders cheaply interjected, to which Karem responded, “it’s not about that!”
Fox News’ chief bro reporter Jesse Watters, ever the tough guy from afar, waded into the fray to defend whatever’s left of Huckabee Sanders’ honor and attacked both Karem for daring to ask questions.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) June 14, 2018
After calling Karem an “emotional wreck,” Watters attacked him further on his show, “The Five.”
“He embarrassed himself. He doesn’t belong in the room,” he said in his grown-up voice. “It’s like Acosta. I don’t care if you have opinions like that. Be an analyst. Go debate it on CNN on primetime but don’t pretend to be a non-partisan correspondent and then meltdown like that and embarrass your integrity,” Watters concluded.
Then he dropped the hammer – at least in his mind it was a hammer.
“These people don’t belong there. They are jokes. They need to start ripping press passes away. If you’re going to act like a wild animal, you don’t belong there.”
Jim Acosta heard about Watters’ hissy fit and responded in kind on Twitter.
This from a lapdog for the White House. https://t.co/cJkJh2aZOi
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 14, 2018
Tweeting what literally everyone was thinking, he wrote, “This from a lapdog for the White House.”
Jesse, take note: THAT is what a hammer sounds like.