Ah, Sunday morning in the springtime! The air is warming, flowers are blooming, and politicians are making their obligatory appearances on Sunday morning political talk shows to promote their agendas and score recognizability points among the TV viewing audience.
It’s only natural that after another week of controversial actions, bizarre statements, and questions about President Trump’s mental state, that the White House sent Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders out to do damage control — which in her case consists of the deadpan repetition of the president’s latest lies — on the friendly territory of Fox News Sunday.
Anyone who has read President Trump’s Twitter feed could have easily predicted the topics that Sanders would touch on, as his obsessions are her mandate to address.
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Naturally, on the day before the annual tax-filing deadline, Democratic attempts to get copies of Trump’s tax returns — as certain members of Congressional committees are legally authorized to do with the IRS required to comply — was on the list.
Sanders took a tool from the president’s own playbook of denigrating the intelligence of his opponents as compared to his own “stable genius” and promptly attacked the intellectual ability of America’s elected representatives to be able to decipher Trump’s oh-so-complicated tax returns, calling the Democrats’ attempt to obtain them a “dangerous, dangerous road” to navigate.
“I don’t think Congress — particularly not this group of congressmen and women — are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be,” Sanders told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
“My guess is that most of them don’t do their own taxes, and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything,” she snarkily added.
While the president and his paid mouthpiece may consider Democratic efforts to legally get copies of his tax returns as dangerous, the only danger conceivable is to Trump himself once the details of his financial empire, including the amount of his wealth and debt and the sources of his loans, are revealed.
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) April 14, 2019
Huckabee Sanders also felt compelled to address the report that Trump offered a pardon to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan in exchange for him violating the law and closing the border with Mexico.
The press secretary issued a vigorous denial of the story originally broken by CNN, labeling it as — you guessed it — “Fake News” because President Trump “is a person and a president of law and order.”
Sanders maintained a straight face while making that last statement despite the specific mention of “no exoneration” contained in the meager four-page summary of the Mueller report that has been made public to date.
“That’s his entire focus since coming in is actually restoring law and order to this country. … The president has asked them to do everything they can and everything they’re allowed to do under the law to stop the massive crisis we have at our southern border. It’s the same thing he says publicly day in and day out,” Huckabee Sanders said, confusing the president’s valueless words with his dastardly actions.
The press secretary also ventured outside the friendly confines of Fox News to make an appearance on ABC‘s This Week, where host George Stephanopoulos also pressed her on the same issue.
“The president is actually trying to enforce laws, not go around them,” Sanders responded this time. “We’re a country of laws and we have a president who supports that and is not asking anybody to do anything outside of those bounds.”
Trump’s America — where denial is the 51st state and lying is the national pastime.
You can see an excerpt of Sarah Huckabee Sanders on ABC‘s This Week in the video clip below.
Sarah Sanders disputes reports that President Trump urged DHS to close the border and that homeland security officials were alarmed by his comments: "Homeland security pushed back on this, as has the president … no one's trying to skirt the law" https://t.co/QNl4j84pXc pic.twitter.com/73D6EXi5oQ
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 14, 2019
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