From heated exchanges with reporters to her stark support of President Donald Trump, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has certainly made waves while serving in her position, but she said Tuesday night she wants her legacy to be tamer.
“I hope that it will be that I showed up every day and did the very best job that I could to put forward the president’s message,” Sanders said Tuesday night. Speaking at the Politico Women Rule summit, Sanders claimed “to do the best job I could to answer questions, to be transparent and honest throughout that process, and to do everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before.”
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Sanders’ hope that people would remember her as “transparent and honest” raised eyebrows from the liberal crowd, who have seen her as someone who repeats and makes excuses for Trump’s inaccuracies and has cut back on press briefings.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today that she wants to be remembered for being “honest and transparent.” I want to be remembered for curing cancer and having super powers, but that wouldn’t be the truth. @SarahHuckabee, sweetie, you’re going to be remembered for being a LIAR.
— Ryan Knight ?? (@ProudResister) December 12, 2018
Sarah Sanders hopes her legacy will be having been transparent and honest.
That's like me hoping my legacy will be having been Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. https://t.co/qQ2aOzGM6i
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 11, 2018
Sanders went on to talk about where she gets her news, and while she didn’t clarify exactly what sources, she did weigh in on what she thought made a good news story.
“You can actually tell something that is a good news story if you have no idea what side of the story the journalist is on,” she said. “Unfortunately, I think that is more rare today than it used to be.”
She added that she doesn’t like to spend her time “bogged down in the opinion components and really try to look at the facts.”
However, the news stories that Sanders shares on her social media tell a different story. She often shares stories an videos from conservative-leaning sources.
Christmas coming early this year? https://t.co/eO4RYOTwtZ
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 19, 2018
Sanders retweeted this video from Fox News, a common news channel she promotes on social media.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 18, 2018
Even though she says she strays from opinion, Sanders often shares opinion articles that back the president and his agenda.
President Trump and this administration are not just talking about lifting people out of poverty, we are making it happen.https://t.co/fehve6MxKd
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) August 7, 2018
Sanders retweeted this New York Times opinion piece:
— Jarrod Agen (@VPComDir) October 4, 2018
The press secretary’s appearance at the Women Rule conference was warranted. As she pointed out, she is the first woman in over a decade to hold the position as White House press secretary and the first mother of young kids to do so.
Despite reports she may be leaving the position soon, Sanders said there’s no plan: “Not that I know about.” She added she wants to continue to be an “effective messenger for the president.”