In defense of Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Whatever else might be said of him, no one could accuse President Trump of not being industrious. Consider Wednesday. Before breakfast he retweeted a video from a white supremacist account, intimated that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is guilty of a crime that may or may not be murder, and expressed his pleasure that the staff of CNN have chosen to boycott this year’s White House Christmas party. That’s to say nothing of the things he is reported to have said or done while not logged into his favorite social media platform, among them dismissing the efforts of Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to alter the unpopular Republican tax proposal in the hope of making it more favorable to working families. By lunch time he was announcing new sanctions on North Korea following a conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping. A few hours later he was tweeting from Air Force One, en route to Missouri for a speech on tax policy.

How could any sentient adult speaking in good faith be expected to defend or explain or even politely acknowledge half of this? Calling Sanders a “liar” is missing the point. What would you prefer her to do? Take the podium one day and say, “Look, the truth is that my boss has a weird relationship with the truth, no real priorities other than expressing contempt for all of you, and no matter what, I’m gonna say that he’s doing a good job, okay? So let’s just move on.”