CNN’s April Ryan has had longstanding hate for White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, causing multiple prior dust-ups with her. She even once falsely accused her of lying about baking a pie.
But on Thursday, she lost it big time accusing Sanders of lying in 2017 about whether rank and file FBI agents had lost confidence in James Comey.
The Hill reports the details.
“The president, over the last several months, lost confidence in Director Comey,” Sanders said in an opening statement at the May 10 briefing. “The DOJ [Department of Justice] lost confidence in Director Comey. Bipartisan members of Congress made it clear that they had lost confidence in Director Comey. And most importantly, the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.”
That last line is what apparently has everyone up in arms. Why? Because Robert Mueller, in all his glory, decided to try to entrap her over such a nominal statement. In the end, Sanders didn’t take the bait and said she it was just a slip of the tongue. To any normal person, they’d have accepted that Sanders was simply speaking off the cuff and that of course she couldn’t actually show that the entirely of the rank and file at the FBI had lost confidence in James Comey. For some reason though, Robert Mueller felt it was very important to press her on that detail and include it in his report, no doubt a nod to his former colleague.
How silly is that to be concerned about such a statement which has nothing to do with Russia collusion or obstruction?
As the Daily Caller notes, it’s actually the truth that FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey.
But Ryan called for Sanders to be fired over that, nearly losing it in the process.
“Not only does she not have credibility,
shelied. She out and out lied,” she declared as emotion welled up in her voice. “And the people, the American people can’t trust her. They can’t trust what’s said from the President’s mouthpiece-spokesperson from the people’s house. Therefore, she should be let go. She should be fired, end of story.” [….]
Things got very dark as Ryan rhetorically suggested that since there was “a lack of credibility there, you have to start and start lopping the heads off.” She added: “It’s fire me Thursday or fire me Good Friday. She needs to go.”
As Redstate notes, imagine if a Republican had said this? This would be the number one story across the country. From the same people who say it’s “inciting” just to quote the nasty/dismissive things Democrats say.
Previously, Ryan had actually challenged Sanders to a fight just last year.
One shouldn’t be covering the White House if you have such issues.
But Ryan wasn’t quite done yet.
Gov. Mike Huckabee came to the defense of his daughter, Sarah Sanders, and criticized Ryan for the “lopping heads off comment” and called on CNN and the White House Correspondents Association to pull her credentials.
And that sent Ryan completely over the edge.
So now, she’s the victim because Huckabee dared to call her out for being unprofessional and “lopping heads off?”
It’s Democrats who have tried to hold people to make such expressions “incitement” and now they don’t want to be held to the standard which they set.
This is the new Democratic/media position: criticism from the left= you can say anything and it’s cool, criticism from the right = is automatically “inciting” and violence.
It’s insane and it has to stop.
And Ryan’s response shows that she shouldn’t be covering the White House.