Sarah Sanders has arguably one of the toughest jobs in America that doesn’t involve putting one’s life on the line. She is Press Secretary for inarguably the most unique President in American history, Donald Trump. No one, other than Trump himself, has been more relentlessly savaged in the media, on late night shows, and by the left. The side that purports to be all about tolerance, safe spaces, and women’s empowerment has relentlessly attacked her weight, family, appearance, and character, all because she has dared to associate herself with Donald Trump. The justification I hear from the left as to why they attack her in such a manner, is that she repeatedly lies all day to cover for the shady activity of the President. According to them, she’s just another member of the fascist cabal seeking to tear down the democratic norms of the United States, and thus must be resisted at all costs. In today’s climate, associating oneself with President Trump is tantamount to treason, and thereby removes any ethical consideration for how a person should be treated.
Let’s be very clear about her role: Sarah goes out to the lectern, and gives the information that she has been told. Distributing facts as you are aware of them is not lying, nor is making an innocent mistake. She is not an advisor, legal counsel, or cabinet member, so it is not up to her to question what she’s being told. It appears the left believes she’s supposed to do a hard hitting interview with the President and question everything he’s saying, which is not her job. The root of all this are the supposed “lies” that the President tells, that she goes out and propagates. What needs to be understood about the President is something that no one wants to apply to him: context. Donald Trump, for over 40 years, was a businessman who quite literally wrote a book on business tactics and negotiation. Every single thing we are experiencing now, can be seen in perfect clarity just by reading the Art of the Deal, which it appears no one in the White House Corps appears to have done. Everything he is doing as President is outlined in great detail, which is why none of what is happening is really a mystery to anyone who has done their homework. Negotiation is the basis for the entire job as President, which is why we have had so many ineffective Presidents: they didn’t understand how to do it properly. The President has to be able to negotiate in order to deal with trade, treaties, legislation, geopolitics, and relationships. As anyone who has ever done it knows, the secret to great negotiation is exaggeration, or as Trump calls it, “truthful hyperbole.”
Everyone intuitively knows that if you are negotiating salary, you always ask for more than you really want. In addition, people know that they always negotiate the price of a car, even if the dealership says they don’t negotiate. In these mundane daily negotiations people generally understand that one must inflate or deflate their position or need in order to get a better deal. People will use hyperbole all day long to get 1,000 dollars off of a car, or 10,000 off of a house, but somehow don’t apply the same standard to Donald Trump doing it to denuclearize North Korea or reduce the trade deficit with China. Trump fundamentally understands that he needs to represent exaggerated positions in order to get the deal he wants. He illustrates this perfectly every day, and no one seems to notice; they just accuse him of lying, even though he’s doing it to benefit the country. The tariffs on steel were a perfect example. Of course he doesn’t want to issue tariffs, virtually everyone knows they are a bad idea economically. Yet, our trading partners must believe that he will do it, in order to get really serious about making better trade deals for the country.
Now we come full circle back to Sarah Sanders.
Sarah cannot go in front of the press and undermine Trump’s negotiating positions. Even if she was privy to his negotiation tactics, which by all accounts suggest she isn’t, it would be devastating to his deal making ability if the Press Secretary got up to the lectern and said, “Oh, he really isn’t serious about the tariff thing, we are just saying it to get China to the table.” This is why it’s critical that Sarah perform the job of Press Secretary exactly the way she’s doing it: relaying information the President has given her. There cannot be any divorce in the narrative between the two, at the risk of shattering the deals he’s trying to put in place. This is why up to this point she’s done an effective job at communicating the President’s positions, and not accidentally or intentionally undermining what he’s trying to accomplish.
In reality though, this is about more than Sarah Sanders. This about the left and their allies in the media creating a negative bubble around Trump and his associates, and propagating a sense of instability and dishonesty around this administration. The whole “lying” narrative has been around for awhile, but has gotten a new push as of late. Let’s remember that previous administrations lied, but they did it about Iraq, Vietnam, Benghazi, Obamacare, and too many other items to list. The difference is, the Trump administration uses hyperbole in order to put the country in a better place, as evidenced by the economy, trade, North Korea, and jobs all getting appreciably better under Trump. The media and left just assume Trump is a gangster, a 21st century John Dillinger, out to pillage the country; when in reality we are getting better by nearly every conceivable metric. All that is being shown is how spectacularly wrong they have all been about how effective Donald Trump would be at revitalizing the country. I can hear the cries from the left now: BUT WHAT ABOUT STORMY DANIELS! THEY LIE ABOUT STORMY DANIELS! First off, we don’t know that 100% for sure, as all the details haven’t come out as it’s pending litigation. Secondly, I have to be honest, I don’t care. The state of the country is far more important than maybe consensually sleeping with a porn star 10 years ago. In closing, Sarah is doing a great job at exhibiting class and toughness, all while furthering the agenda and delivering regular beatdowns to the nasty press corps.
Good job Sarah, someone has to tell Jim Acosta and April Ryan how fake their news is, and we are glad it’s you.
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