“These people have nothing, they come to the border with nothing, and you throw children in cages! You’re a parent! You’re a parent of young children. Don’t you have any empathy for what they are going through?!”
At Thursday’s White House press briefing, reporters repeatedly asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the administration’s policy of ripping children away from their parents at the border. It was clear at the briefing that reporters have had it with Sanders’ bullshit answers.
During one exchange, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Sanders about comments that Jeff Sessions made quoting biblical scripture to justify tearing infants and toddlers from their parents. Sanders said that she wasn’t familiar with Sessions’ comments but she called the whole thing “very biblical.”
“It is very biblical to enforce the law, that is actually repeated a number of things throughout the Bible,” she said.
When Acosta tried to push back, she insulted him saying, “I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences, but please don’t take my words out of context.” The entire room groaned at her non-answer.
A few minutes later, one brave journalist, Brian Karem, also from CNN, really went after her. Shouting in frustration, Karem tried to appeal to her sense of morality as a mother.
The whole exchange was great to see. We really need more journalists to do this.
Karem: “Come on Sarah, you’re a parent! Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through? They have less than you do!”
Sanders: “Brian, guys, settle down.”
Karem: “Sarah, come on, seriously!”
Sanders: “I’m trying to be serious but I’m not going to have you talk out of turn.”
Karem: “These people have nothing!”
Sanders: “Hey, Brian, I know you want to get some more TV time, but that’s not what this is about.”
Karem: “It’s not about that! It’s about you answering the question, Sarah. Honestly, answer the question. It’s a serious question. These people have nothing, they come to the border with nothing, and you throw children in cages! You’re a parent! You’re a parent of young children. Don’t you have any empathy for what they are going through?”
Sanders never answered his questions.
Pretty wild exchange here as a reporter repeatedly asks Sarah Huckabee Sanders if she has any empathy for the children being ripped from their families by ICE pic.twitter.com/KqMqOM09Su
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) June 14, 2018