Press Secretary Sanders Pulls Silly Thanksgiving Stunt at Press Briefing

By on November 21, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders

During Monday’s briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed reporters that they would have to name something they are thankful for before they would be allowed to ask a question.

Sanders started off by saying she was thankful for family, faith, and “the incredible privilege of serving this president and the American people.”

“So this is how it’s going to work today, since I’m here and I get to call on you,” she went on. “If you want to ask a question, I think it’s only fair, since I’ve shared what I’m thankful for, that you start off with what you’re thankful for. So anybody want to be first on what they’re thankful for?”

The reporters who Sanders called upon gave a myriad of responses, including being thankful for the First Amendment, being able to ask questions of Sanders, and the jobs that they have.

Of course, it’s unlikely the press secretary honestly wanted to cultivate a culture of gratitude among the White House press corps. Sanders has taken every opportunity at her disposal this year to malign the media — essentially calling most of them liars — for its coverage of the failing Trump administration. So this latest stunt appears more like a press secretary addressing reporters as if they were her students rather than her peers.

That said, Americans do have a lot to be thankful for this year. Much to the president’s chagrin, we still have a free press that’s able to cover his antics fairly and accurately. We still have a judicial system that implements the rule of law based on facts rather than politics. And we can also be thankful for special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been working vigorously over recent months to make sure that everyone who was involved in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — especially those in the Trump camp — are brought to justice.