The Sarah Huckabee Sanders book tour makes a virtual stop in Washington tonight. We’ll be there and live-tweeting.
October 9, 2020
Each year at their fundraiser, the failing “Freedom” Foundation tries to stay relevant by picking a fringe right-wing celebrity or pundit to entertain. They’ve hired noxious personalities like Laura Ingraham, Dinesh D’Souza, and WA State Rep. Matt Shea in years past. Tonight they bring in seasoned liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders, once a frequent apologist for Donald Trump and his racist policies, notably his calling neo-Nazis “very fine people” and putting migrant children in cages.
But past speakers haven’t seemed interested in the “Freedom” Foundation’s stated mission; they likely just see it as an opportunity to pitch their brand to the few fringe right-wing activists that attend these events. This year is no different, as Sanders will be hawking her new White House memoir book. While we don’t expect much attendance, the Northwest Accountability Project will be watching and live-tweeting the event.
Follow the Northwest Accountability Project HERE tonight on Twitter at 7 pm PDT as we share excerpts and observations from the event.
So who is Sarah Huckabee Sanders?
When America rose in shock and fury at Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents, Sanders was there to defend him. She falsely claimed that the policy preceded the Trump administration, and like a toddler tried to shift shame to others for not fixing it, while citing the Bible as justification for the heinous acts. At a press conference, a reporter pleaded with her: “Come on, Sarah, you’re a parent. Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?” Sanders failed to respond except to tell him to “settle down.”
Sanders and Trump also spent a lot of time demonizing the Muslim community. She defended Trump when he spread unverified anti-Muslim propaganda online, saying, “whether it’s a real video, the threat is real.” Sanders frequently lied to cover Trump’s conspiracy theories linking Muslims with terrorist threats. After the October 2017 terrorist attack in New York City, Sanders falsely claimed that immigrants coming to the U.S. through the diversity visa program are not vetted. She also lied that 4,000 suspected or known terrorists had tried to enter the country through the southern border. The real number was 6.
After fascist James A. Fields killed a counter-protester at the “Unite in the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, Trump infamously said there were “some very fine people” on both sides. Even as ultra-conservative allies like Sen. McConnell and Sen. Lindsey Graham denounced neo-Nazis, Sanders carried Trump’s water, dismissing claims he had honored fascists at the rally. Instead, she promised the president had “been very outspoken” against racism and hate. Pressed by a journalist to explain when exactly Trump had condemned neo-Nazis, Sanders deflected to accusing Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) of a neo-Nazi type of hate.
Staffers at the right-wing “Freedom” Foundation have their own sordid history of bigotry and anti-immigrant hate speech. But, it could be the ease and frequency with which Sanders can lie that drew them to her for this event. They’re an organization that drops millions of dollars pretending to care about workers’ rights while in the shadows doing everything they can to slash jobs, lower wages, and cut benefits. Not surprisingly, their daily deceptions have failed to convince much of anyone, just like Sanders experienced from the White House press room.