Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is not very complimentary of Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump.
In an interview with Democratic strategist James Carville, Sanders suggested that Romney’s actions are self-serving and come at the expense of the nation.
“I think he’s doing a disservice to the party and to the country,” Sanders said on Sunday in an appearance at Politicon 2019. “I think he’s more focused on his own political ambitions instead of moving the country forward. And I don’t think what he’s doing is productive or helpful or meaningful.”
When the Democrat-led House impeachment inquisition was brought up, Sanders called it a “fake scam” that will ultimately help Trump win reelection in 2020.
Carville, who helped Bill Clinton get elected to the White House in 1992, said that he believed with “absolute certainty” that Trump will be impeached.
“My view is the House Democrats are in a much stronger position than the Senate Republicans,” he said.
“I think that the whole thing is a fake scam,” Sanders replied. “I thought the Russia thing was a fake scam and I think this is just more of the same.”
She added that Trump has “done a tremendous job” and his accomplishments “far outweighs some ridiculous scam the House Democrats have cooked up, and I think it is going to ultimately backfire and help the president win reelection.”
At one point, Carville asked Sanders if she thinks “it will perpetuate a civil war if this president is removed.”
“I don’t think we’re going to have to deal with that because that’s not going to happen,” Sanders said of her former boss being removed from office.
The crowd cheered in response to Carville’s question, prompting him to ask if anyone would take up arms to defend Trump — that reportedly drew even louder cheers.
“I would encourage people to defend liberty. I would encourage people to defend what makes America special, it’s not ignoring the Constitution, it’s supporting it, it’s defending it, it’s fighting for it,” Sanders said.
But she stressed that no one encourages violence.
“Look, nobody is encouraging violence against anybody,” Sanders said. “I want to be extremely clear. Not the president, not me … People that are saying things like that, that’s what’s dangerous. When you’re inciting things, you’re creating something that doesn’t exist.”
She said young people should embrace what they believe in, regardless of the “noise” of those who disagree, to include the media.
“Embrace what it is that you believe but don’t be mad about it,” Sanders said. “You don’t have to be angry and yell at other people for what they believe.”
Carville asked Sanders if she thought Trump was a good role model for not getting angry in politics.
“I think the president is a role model in being a fighter and being willing to stand up and sometimes stand alone even when it’s not easy,” she replied.
Sanders was asked to weigh in on the riff between her successor, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
In response to Kelly saying recently that he warned Trump that he’d be impeached if he surrounded himself with “yes men,” Grisham said Kelly was “totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president.”
“I had a great relationship with General Kelly during my time at the White House. I respect his service and his sacrifice to the country. I think he is an admirable person, certainly loves his family,” Sanders said.
Carville tried to drive a wedge between the women, but Sanders was ever the diplomat.
“My job is not to pick apart other people, but tell you how I personally feel and I can tell you I had a good relationship with General Kelly,” she said.
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