In a stunning statement posted to Twitter the day after The New York Times published an op-ed allegedly from an anonymous, disillusioned senior Trump administration official, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave out the Times’ phone number.
Not only that, but the exasperated press secretary urged Americans to give the number a dial if they wanted “to know who the gutless loser is” who wrote the op-ed.
“The media’s wild obsession with the identity of the of the anonymous coward is recklessly tarnishing the reputation of thousands of great Americans who proudly serve our country and work for President Trump,” she said. “If you want to know who this gutless loser is, call the opinion desk of the failing NYT.”
For those of you asking for the identity of the anonymous coward: pic.twitter.com/RpWYPHa6To
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 6, 2018
That may just be the most acerbic statement Sanders has ever released. Even after she was kicked out of a restaurant over the summer and peppered with sexist insults during the White House Correspondents Dinner last spring, she never got this angry.
But when an anonymous White House official took to “The Failing New York Times” Wednesday to bash the president’s demeanor and temperament, then she let loose with all her fury, thus demonstrating how loyal and committed she remains to President Donald Trump.
Ever since the publication of the op-ed, leftists in both media and Hollywood have been speculating wildly about the identity of the self-described senior administration official.
According to CNN political commentator Chris Cillizza, the perpetrator might very well be first lady Melania Trump, and according to comedian Jimmy Kimmel, the perpetrator might be Vice President Mike Pence. But according to common sense, the writer of the op-ed is likely neither of the two.
The statement issued Thursday morning by Sanders was in fact her second. In an initial statement released after the op-ed’s publication Wednesday evening, she blasted the writer for trying to subvert the will of the 60+ million Americans who voted for Trump.
“Nearly 62 million people voted for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, earning him 306 Electoral College votes – versus 232 for his opponent. None of them voted for a gutless, anonymous source to the failing New York Times,” she had said.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 5, 2018
Predictably, liberals were outraged that she’d defend President Trump.
How do you even look yourself in the mirror?
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 6, 2018
This is Sarah sanders @PressSec tweet inviting people to harass the @nytimes. Under @twitter rules, her account must be shut down because of targeted harassment. No different than Milo. Report her. https://t.co/uBNcRhiYGh
— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 6, 2018
The president also responded, blasting the writer and the Times for their false characterization of his administration and slamming the left-wing paper in particular for allowing the op-ed to be published.
“[T]hey don’t like Donald Trump, and I don’t like them, because they’re very dishonest people. Remember this also, about the New York Times: When I won, they were forced to apologize to their subscribers,” he said.
“They wrote a letter of apology — it was the first time anybody has ever done it — because they covered the election incorrectly. So if the failing New York Times has an anonymous editorial — can you believe it? ‘Anonymous’ — meaning gutless. A gutless editorial.”
He added that no matter what the op-ed writer claimed, nothing can distract from the fact that his administration has been excelling at achieving its agenda.
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