Trump just offered a pathetic excuse for Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ unprecedented behavior

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For an administration that owes its entire existence to a successful spreading of misinformation and repeated manipulation of the media, some members of the Trump team are surprisingly camera-averse. Ironically, White House Press Secretary and professional liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to have increasingly drawn away from speaking to reporters directly.

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Unlike almost every previous administration, this one refuses to hold regular White House press briefings, preferring instead to give them sporadically and usually with the purpose of pushing some specific, freshly baked lie down the throat of the American people. The obvious explanation for this reluctance to regularly speak to reporters and in turn the entire country is that the Sanders is simply incapable of defending the sheer avalanche of dishonest statements flowing from this presidency at all times.

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Understandably, Huckabee Sanders’s failure to address the press from the podium with the regularity that we have come to expect from other administration’s has drawn criticism, as it so clearly demonstrates a disinterest in honestly communicating with citizens.

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Today, Trump took to Twitter to offer a pathetic defense of Sanders, saying that she chooses not to address the press from the podium “much anymore” because the press always covers her “so rudely & and inaccurately.”

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The tweet is dripping with the self-victimized, self-righteous tint that has come to characterize Trump and all of his worst lackeys as they seek to gaslight a nation they are deliberately misleading. If Huckabee Sanders doesn’t like the press characterizing her as a habitual liar, the easy solution is to simply just stop lying.

Trump added in the tweet that he himself told Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” giving regular briefings because “word gets out anyway!” which is perhaps a reference to leaks or perhaps a reference to the president’s penchant for blurting out his latest decisions whenever he passes by a camera. In any case, neither is a reasonable substitute for having the Press Secretary actually doing her job and talking to the press.

The tweet itself was a misfire, in that it didn’t offer any real explanation other than the usual, unconvincing “Fake News” nonsense, and all it really succeeded in doing was drawing attention to how rarely this White House holds press briefings. Well done Trump.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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