I feel the need to give White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders the benefit of the doubt on her latest skirmish with the press corps/”enemy of the people.”
She was pressed this week about whether she could “guarantee” that there would be no tape recordings of Donald J. Trump using the n-word in conversation.
Sanders said she couldn’t “guarantee” such a thing. Some in the media have gone a bit catatonic in their response to what I thought was a realistic answer. They have wondered how or why she couldn’t — or wouldn’t — offer a direct answer to a direct question.
Consider a couple of factors here.
First, as press secretary, Sanders very well might not know every tiny detail of every little occurrence within the West Wing.
Second, she serves in a presidential administration led by a pathological liar. Donald Trump cannot tell the truth to anyone, or so it appears, at least to chumps like me. I am quite certain Sanders didn’t intend to question the president’s veracity by making her “no guarantee” declaration.
Sure, Trump denies ever using the n-word. He says it’s not in his vocabulary. Do you believe him? I … do … not!
However, her answer sounded to my ears to be about the most honest response she has offered while speaking for the president.