Sarah Huckabee Sanders wilted and couldn’t come up with an explanation as reporters called BS on Trump’s claim that he would run unarmed into a school shooting.
Watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggle to come with an answer as the press pushes her on Trump's claim that he would run unarmed into a school shooting. https://t.co/vKvzcjoQEy pic.twitter.com/3qcivXyzlR
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 26, 2018
The exchange between CNN’s Jim Acosta and Sanders:
Acosta: When the president said earlier today that he would have run into the school, was he suggesting that he could have saved the day?
Sanders: I think he was just stating that as a leader, he would have stepped in and hopefully been able to help as a number of the individuals that were in the school, the coach and other adults — and even a lot of students stepped up and helped protect other students. I think the point he was making is that he would have wanted to have played a role in that as well.
Acosta: And can I follow up — is he trained in firing a weapon? Is he trained in use a handgun or a firearm of some sort?
Sanders: I don’t think that is the point he was making. He said he would be a leader and would want to take a courageous action and a lot of the individuals that helped protect others that day weren’t carrying firearms which I think shows that you can be helpful in that process.
Sarah Sanders said that Trump meant that he would be helpful, but Trump said, “You don’t know until you test it, but I really believe I would run in even if I didn’t have a weapon.”
Trump didn’t mean that he would try to lead and be helpful. The President meant that he would roll up into a mass shooting and stop the gunman. Trump better worry because Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ tea leaf interpretations of Trump’s words are getting old with the reporters who cover the White House. The press isn’t buying it, and the more they push Sanders, the faster she wilts under the pressure of the truth.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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