Since Sarah Sanders can't defend Trump's bigotry, all she can do is beg people not to point it out.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders does not want Americans to call out her boss for his consistent bigotry, even though it is a core feature of both his presidency and personal character.
In a friendly interview with the hosts of Trump’s favorite show, "Fox & Friends" on Fox News, Sanders was asked by host Brian Kilmeade to respond to criticism from ABC political commentator and conservative Matthew Dowd.
“I think what the president needs to do at some point is to look in the mirror and understand that the rhetoric, the words he uses in all of this, inflame a big part of what's going on in America, it gives permission to the most craziest people in America,” Dowd said.
Dowd was discussing Trump in the wake of the most recent synagogue shooting at Congregation Chabad in California, where one woman was murdered and three others were injured. Trump's rhetoric, Dowd argued, helps embolden the white supremacists who commit such hateful acts of violence.
“I don’t think anything could be further from the truth,” Sanders replied to Kilmeade, referring to Dowd's comments. She claimed that Trump "has a heart for people" and "cares about people."
"Words like that aren’t helpful to this process at all," Sanders complained.
Her comments raise the question of whether Sanders is at all familiar with Trump or what he has said and stood for over the years.
Just days ago, Trump claimed he actually responded "perfectly" when he called Nazis “very fine people,” even though the remarks have been widely condemned as an example of how Trump blesses anti-Semitism from the presidential bully pulpit.
He compounded that lie by heaping praise on Confederate general Robert E. Lee, who led an illegal military insurrection against the United States as part of an effort to defend keeping black human beings as slaves.
Contrary to Sanders’ propaganda, Trump has consistently shown he does not care about people, especially nonwhite people.
He smeared Latinos as “animals,” kidnapped migrant children and threw them in cages, called for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., and pushed for the state-sanctioned execution of innocent young black men.
Trump has embraced bigotry like few who have held the presidency. If anything, the assessment from Dowd was far too kind to Trump, whose record and rhetoric continues to inspire right-wing terrorists by appealing to their most hateful impulses.
What really isn't “helpful” is Trump’s hate — and the blatant lying from his underlings like Sanders about his true character.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.