The deterioration of political discourse in this country to the level of schoolyard taunts and bullying during the Trump era is one of the more distressing side-effects of providing equal opportunity to the intellectually unqualified to the nation’s highest office.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — no longer content with merely parroting President Trump’s lies — emulated her boss’s poorly executed Don Rickles imitation this weekend by insulting the intelligence of the members of the U.S. Congress, calling them not “smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump’s taxes will be.”
Notwithstanding the number of doctors, lawyers, engineers, and, yes, accountants currently serving in a Congress that somehow is trusted to actually write the tax code that President Trump’s own tax preparers had to follow while filing his secretive tax returns, the pure partisan political ploy inherent in Huckabee Sanders’ gratuitous comment was not lost on the members of the body authorized by law to access any citizen’s taxes as part of their legislative duties.
While many Congressional representatives have attacked the audacity and mendacity of the White House press secretary’s disparagement, none have struck back against Huckabee Sanders quite as effectively as Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA).
Sherman, a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School as well as a tax law specialist and Certified Public Accountant, used a dry wit to demonstrate the sheer ridiculousness of Sanders’ insult during an interview with CNN.
“I’m surprised to see Sarah Sanders talking about intelligence,” Congressman Sherman told Dana Bash on CNN Newsroom earlier today. “If she thought that was an important characteristic, she probably would have chosen another employer.”
Zing! Bam! Pow! Touche´!
“Obviously all of my fellow members of the CPA and accountant caucus could understand whatever documents are produced, and I think to not turn them over is without defense,” Sherman said. “And attacking the intelligence of members of Congress seems to be the only thing that the President’s spokesperson can do.”
Given Huckabee Sanders inability to hold the daily press briefings that were a standard part of a White House Press Secretary’s job description under every other administration, Rep. Sherman’s allegation about her abilities is difficult to argue with —unless you count her uncanny skill at deadpanning her repetition of whatever lie President Trump has asked her to promulgate on a given day.
You can watch an excerpt of Congressman Brad Sherman’s interview with Dana Bash on CNN Newsroom in the video clip below.
"I'm surprised to see Sarah Sanders talking about intelligence. If she thought that was an important characteristic, she probably would have chosen another employer," Sherman quips. pic.twitter.com/k8fyF5eSZH
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) April 16, 2019
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Original reporting by Caroline Kelly at CNN.