One Proud Papa: On Sarah Stepping Down as White House Press Secretary

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders meets with reporters Monday morning, March 25, 2019, on the driveway outside the West Wing entrance to the White House.

By Mike Huckabee Published on June 16, 2019

As I can tell from the outpouring of kind messages (much appreciated!), I’m sure you’ve already heard the news that my daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will be stepping down as White House Press Secretary at the end of June. I know that many people are disappointed that she’s leaving, but remember: she’s not only held one of the highest-pressure jobs in Washington for two years while raising a family, but prior to that, she was the Deputy Press Secretary, worked on the Trump campaign, and helped run my 2016 campaign. That’s a long time to spend on the political treadmill without a break.

I agree with you that she’s been the best person ever to hold that job, and she’s held it under some of the most trying conditions in history. I once thought that her lifetime of growing up and working in politics made her uniquely qualified for the job. I didn’t realize that her experience as a mother of three in dealing with unruly toddlers would turn out to be her most valuable asset, as she daily had to face a White House Press Corps that had devolved from professional adult journalists into a pack of angry children throwing a never-ending tantrum because their preferred candidate lost.

Outside the White House, the tantrums continued, as enlightened liberals from the cable news channels to the late night shows to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner targeted her with some of the most hateful, vitriolic, personal and sexist insults imaginable. Even the owner of an undistinguished restaurant (who apparently doesn’t know what the phrase “hospitality industry” means) demanded that she and her family leave, just to virtue-signal her own pettiness to her leftist friends.

I’m immensely proud of her not only for how well she did her job, but how she handled all the unfair criticism. Sarah stood up to this unprecedented onslaught of ugly, childish insults with calm grace and dignity. Fortunately, there is no shortage of places where she is appreciated and welcomed (I’ll point out that last week, she dined with the Queen of England, which I daresay was a big step up from that unfriendly chicken joint.)

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Speaking of appreciation, the announcement of her departure was accompanied by effusive praise from President Trump, who said, “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job … I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas — she would be fantastic.” I agree that she’d be great at the job, but come on! I’m already known as “Sarah Sanders’ dad!” Leave me something!

Joking aside, everyone is asking me what Sarah plans to do next, and I honestly don’t know. Unlike many people in the political world who say they’re leaving to spend more time with their families when that really means they’re leaving one step ahead of a doomed reelection bid or the sheriff, Sarah really does want to spend more time with her family.

Beyond that, I’m sure she has a fantastic future, and that it will include sharing a real insider’s view of the Trump White House that sets the record straight about a President she saw at close range and admires greatly. That will be a much-needed tonic after all the fake news and muckracking by hacks citing “unnamed sources.”

As Sarah said yesterday, “This has been the honor of a lifetime. I couldn’t be prouder to have the opportunity to serve my country, particularly to work for this President. He has accomplished so much in these last two-and-a-half years … I’ve loved every minute, even the hard minutes. I love the President.”

I can’t wait to see how the mainstream media will spin that as being bad blood, turmoil and “chaos” at the Trump White House.

You can read more and see video here.

Here is another very nice tribute.

And if you missed my recent 30-minute interview with Sarah on the “Conversations” series on TBN, you can now watch it on YouTube here:

 

Originally published at MikeHuckabee.com. Reprinted with permission.

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