Nothing cheers up White House Press Secretary and World's Biggest Raffi Fan Sarah Huckabee Sanders quite like slamming Congress. She is so committed to it that not even talking about the largest mass shooting in American history can keep her from smiling at the legislature's expense.
It happened at the Monday press briefing, when MSNBC's Hallie Jackson — perhaps the most-recognized White House correspondent at The Response — asked Huckabee Sanders when would be a good time to talk about gun control, since the aftermath of a mass shooting when it is on everyone's mind is apparently inappropriate:
JACKSON: And on the activities of today as well, you've talked about how now is not the time to get into a gun control debate or to talk about policy. After the Orlando shooting, the president that day was out on Twitter talking about policy. He was talking about his travel ban. So when, for example, Sen. Chris Murphy says, “It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do something,” does the president agree?
SANDERS: I actually agree with him that Congress should get up and do something. I'm not sure that it's specific to that, but I think Congress has had several months of doing very little and we'd like to see some actual legislation come through.
If you watch the video, you can see Huckabee Sanders smile and smirk at the beginning of that answer. Sure 58 people are dead and more than 500 injured, but those clowns in Congress can't even repeal Obamacare like they promised, am I right, folks?
And then the music for “Evening at the Improv” played her off.
It has been an emotional day, but Sanders at the beginning of the press briefing had nearly broken down crying while reading a statement about the Las Vegas shooting. So to smirk at Congress's inactivity just a few minutes later was jarring, to say the least.
Besides, Congress hasn't been doing nothing. Just this weekend it let crucial funding for health insurance for 9 million children run out.
For bonus fun, there was this exchange a moment later:
JACKSON: Can you explain where that's different from Orlando, though, Sarah — when at that day he was talking about the travel ban, saying he didn't want congratulations, essentially? Why is this...
SANDERS: I think there's a difference between being a candidate and being the president.
Huckabee Sanders just admitted that Trump cynically exploited the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in mid 2016 to justify his ban on immigration from Muslim countries (despite the shooter, in that case, having been an American citizen of Afghani descent) and the conservative-friendly position that gun-free zones attract shooters and therefore more public spaces should allow armed citizens.
On any other day, that would be quite an admission, even if it is an unsurprising one.
Watch the entire exchange in the video below.