When Trump shared a series of unverified videos allegedly portraying Muslims beating and harassing non-Muslim individuals that turned out to be fake, Sarah Huckabee Sanders had to defend him.
“Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real,” Sanders told reporters. “[Trump’s] goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.”
“I’m not talking about the nature of the video. I think you’re focusing on the wrong thing. The threat is real, and that’s what the president is talking about.”
In a speech to law-enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, Long Island, Trump said,
“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody—don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, O.K.?”
He was “joking”. Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed it as a joke.
When he told boy scouts at their jamboree about wild yacht parties, he was being humorous.
After suggesting to a rally audience of people who loved the Second Amendment that since Hillary was against guns, they knew how to deal with her,
“By the way, and if she gets to pick– if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know”,
even Paul Ryan was disturbed enough to say,
“I heard about this Second Amendment quote. It sounds like just a joke gone bad. I hope he clears it up very quickly. You should never joke about something like that.”
And yep, Trump claimed he was joking.
After saying that he would throw Hillary Clinton in jail if he were elected president, ignoring due process, his people had to explain that it was just a joke.
“That was a quip” according to Kellyanne Conway.
When he accused President Barack Obama of being the founder of ISIS, he doubled down the next day in an interview,
“I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”
But one day later, Trump tweeted
“Ratings challenged CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama and Clinton “the founder” of ISIS, & MVP, THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?”
Then there was that moment of irony when he apparently invited Russian hackers to dig up thousands of deleted emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
Then his advisers had to clarify that by claiming the remark was tongue-in-cheek, and Trump eventually claimed he was being sarcastic.
Following Trump’s comment on the criminal justice system,
“We have to come up with punishment that is far quicker and far greater than these animals are getting right now. We need quick justice and strong justice, much quicker and stronger than we have now. What we have right now is a joke, and it’s a laughing stock. No wonder so much of this stuff takes place”,
Sanders insisted Trump did not say the country’s criminal justice system is a “joke” and “laughing stock”, but, rather, has only “voiced his frustration” with the process.
Following two tweets that came after the truck attack in Manhattan, both of which referred to Senator Schumer,
“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based”
“Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems” said Col.Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!”,
Sanders again had to do some clean up, albeit a poor job of it, by claiming that Trump was not pointing the finger at Schumer for paving the way for the attack.
With Trump’s referring to African countries as “shitholes”, poor Sarah had to dance fast. First she praised the president’s humanity and populist appeal.
“No one here is going to pretend like the president is always politically correct. He isn’t. I think that’s one of the reasons the American people love him. One of the reasons that he won and is sitting in the Oval Office today is because he isn’t a scripted robot. He’s somebody who tells things like they are sometimes, and sometimes he does use tough language.”
But then to cover all the bases, she threw in,
“I’ve never heard him say anything like that.”
After the negative reaction to Trump’s tweet about Senator Kirsten Gillibtand’s calling for the president’s resignation in response to renewed sexual misconduct allegations against him,
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”,
because it had the ring of sexism to it, specifically the “and would do anything for them”, Sanders had to, again, modify the sentiment.
“He’s not alleging anything. There’s no way that this is sexist at all.”
“I think only if your mind was in the gutter would you have read it that way, so no, [he won’t apologize]. He’s obviously talking about the political partisan games that people often play and the broken system that he’s talked about repeatedly.”
When speaking to a crowd in Ohio about the lack of Democrats’ not clapping for him during his State of the Union address, Trump whined.
“They were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”
And Miss Sarah went right back to the standard dismissal of her bosses remarks,
“The president was clearly joking with his comments. But what isn’t a joke is that Democrats refuse to celebrate the accomplishments of last year that has helped all Americans.”
I agree with Senator jeff Flake.
“I have seen the president’s most ardent defenders use the now-weary argument that the president’s comments were meant as a joke, just sarcasm, only tongue-in-cheek. But treason is not a punchline.”