Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ call for harassing the NYT just backfired in surprising fashion

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Yesterday, in response to the Op-Ed written by an anonymous top official in the Trump administration published by The New York Times on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sounded a call to arms to MAGA-land.

She took to Twitter to ask Trump supporters to call up the Times and ask them about the identity of the mysterious official. It was a thinly veiled call for harassment and an especially dangerous tactic given the wave of animosity the president has engendered against the free press in some segments of this country.

What Huckabee Sanders was essentially encouraging was for brain-dead, hateful people to call a newspaper and hurl racial slurs and death threats at hard-working journalists.  The tweet could have easily ended in violence against innocent people.

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Unfortunately for the president’s paid liar, her tweet had an unintended effect. HuffPost reports that some callers, instead of harassing and threatening the Times employees, called to thank them.

One woman called to thank the Times’s Kenneth Vogel “a million times” for publishing the editorial. She said it made her feel more hopeful about the government than she has in a long time and that she is “so grateful” for their hard work. Vogel shared the recording on Twitter.

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Elizabeth Dias of the Times responded to Vogel’s tweet to say that she also received a similar call that acknowledged Huckabee Sanders’s call for Americans to complain but instead offered support of the Times.

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Amy Fiscus of the Times tweeted that “many” people have called in with messages of support and thanks for the continued coverage of the Trump administration. In other words, the offices have been inundated with the exact opposite of what Trump’s spokeswoman was hoping for. Clearly, she grossly overestimated the American people’s support for their disastrous president.

While it’s nice to hear that callers are throwing their support behind the hard-working journalists that have been constantly attacked and mocked by President Trump, it doesn’t excuse Huckabee Sanders for making her tweet in the first place. It was a clear abuse of her power and another escalation in this White House’s assault on one of the pillars of this democracy.

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Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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