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Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been floated as a potential vice president in Donald Trump’s second term. Her anti-abortion agenda coupled with her disdain for the truth and her terrible record in Arkansas could prove an especially dangerous pair with Trump’s erratic behavior.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders And Abortion

Sanders Supported Arkansas’ Abortion Ban 

Sanders Said Arkansas Should Be “The Standard” On Abortion for The Rest Of The Country 

January 22, 2023: VIDEO: Sanders Said Arkansas’ Abortion Ban Needed To Be “The Standard” For The Rest Of The Country. According to Arkansas March for Life 2023 via YouTube, “SANDERS: As long as I’m governor over the next eight years, I will make sure that Arkansas continues to be the most pro-life state in the country. You know, I get attacked for a lot of things. And frankly, I don’t care. And there is nothing I am more proud to stand for, to fight for, and nothing I am more unapologetic about, that being pro-life and making sure I am doing everything, every single day to protect the most vulnerable among us. But like Andy said, our work is far from over. We are, frankly, just getting started. We need to make sure that this happens all over the country. Let Arkansas set the standard. Let us be the example of how to do it right.” [Arkansas March for Life 2023 via YouTube, 1/22/23]

As Sanders Was Speaking, Abortion Was Nearly Completely Banned In Arkansas

As Sanders Was Speaking, Abortion Was Nearly Completely Banned In Arkansas. According to ABC News, “Abortion is nearly completely banned in Arkansas due to a trigger law that went into effect following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The Arkansas Human Life Protection Act, or Act 180, makes performing or attempting to perform an abortion a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. The only exception is if the mother’s life is in danger.” [ABC News, 6/22/23]

Sanders Said Her Administration Would Keep Arkansas As The Most Anti-Abortion State In The Union 

Sanders Said Arkansas Ranked As America’s Most Anti-Abortion State Four Years In A Row And “We’ll Make Sure We Keep It That Way.” According to a tweet from Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ personal Twitter account, “Proud to join @AR_RTL’s March for Life in Little Rock yesterday. Arkansas has been ranked the most pro-life state in the country four years in a row. Under my administration, we’ll make sure we keep it that way.” [Twitter – @SarahHuckabee, 1/22/24]

Sanders Opposed Exceptions To Abortion Bans 

Sanders Said She Was Opposed To Any Exceptions To An Abortion Ban 

Sanders Said She Would Not Push For Any Exceptions To An Abortion Ban. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Sanders said, ‘I am unapologetically pro-life across the board.’ ‘I would not push for any exceptions,’ she said when asked about exceptions to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. ‘Arkansas right now is the most pro-life state in the country, and I intend on keeping us there,’ Sanders said.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/1/22

VIDEO: Sanders Would Not Advocate For Any Exceptions To An Abortion Ban. According to THV11 via YouTube, “SANDERS: Look, I’m an unapologetic pro-life advocate and would push for anything that strengthens our ability to continue to have strong pro-life legislation here in the state of Arkansas. I think we have to do everything we possibly can to protect children, and that’s one of the best ways we can do that. REPORTER: And would you put in any sort of, sorry, exception for rape or incest or anything of that nature?  SANDERS: Like I said, I want to push for the strongest pro-life legislation that we can possibly have in our state and would make sure that we do everything that we can to protect those kids.  REPORTER: So probably not? SANDERS: No, I would not advocate for those exceptions.” [THV11 via YouTube, 9/7/21

Sanders Supported Overturning Roe v Wade 

Sanders Praised The Supreme Court’s Decision To Overturn Roe v. Wade

Sanders Praised The Supreme Court For Their “Brave Resolve” In Overturning Roe v. Wade. According to KTVE, “This morning, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade which protected the constitutional right for women to have abortions. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House Press Secretary and current candidate for Arkansas Governor made this statement after the Supreme Court’s ruling: ‘For decades, this is a day so many of us have prayed for and worked towards. I am thankful for the brave resolve of the six Supreme Court justices who – while receiving death threats and extreme political pressure – did what is right: defending the lives of the most innocent and vulnerable in our society.  As Americans, we value the sanctity of life, and it is in our very nature to protect it. As a mom, I know the love that each of my three children have brought to our family, and, as governor, I will fight to keep Arkansas one of the most pro-life states in the nation.’” [KTVE, 6/24/22

June 24, 2022: The Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade

June 24, 2022: The Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade. According to the Washington Post, “The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the fundamental right to abortion established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, a stunning reversal that could alter the nation’s political landscape and leaves states free to drastically reduce or even outlaw a procedure that abortion rights groups said is key to women’s equality and independence.” [Washington Post, 6/24/22]

Sanders Pledged To Fight For The Anti-Abortion Cause As Governor

Sanders Said She Intended On Keeping Arkansas America’s Most Anti-Abortion State 

Sanders: “Arkansas Right Now Is The Most Pro-Life State In The Country, And I Intend On Keeping Us There.” According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Sanders said, ‘I am unapologetically pro-life across the board.’ ‘I would not push for any exceptions,’ she said when asked about exceptions to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. ‘Arkansas right now is the most pro-life state in the country, and I intend on keeping us there,’ Sanders said.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/1/22

VIDEO: Sanders Vowed To Keep Arkansas The Most Anti-Abortion State In The Country. According to Arkansas Right to Life March 2023 via YouTube, “SANDERS: As long as I’m governor over the next eight years, I will make sure that Arkansas continues to be the most pro-life state in the country.” [Arkansas March for Life 2023 via YouTube, 1/22/23]

Arkansas Struggled In Economic Rankings And Indicators 

Arkansas Was Low In National Rankings 

2023: Arkansas Was 45th Among the Best States To Live In 

2023: Arkansas Was America’s 45th Best State To Live In As Measured By Housing Costs, Income Growth, Education Rate, And Quality Of Hospitals, Among Other Indicators. According to WalletHub, “If you do the math, some states clearly outshine others in various categories. To find out the best states to live, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on 51 key indicators of livability. They range from housing costs and income growth to the education rate and quality of hospitals.” Arkansas ranked 45th. [WalletHub, 8/14/23

Arkansas Was One Of The Worst Places To Live For Health Care 

Arkansas Was 48th In Overall Health Out Of All 50 States

Arkansas Ranked 48th In The America’s Health Rankings Report. According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, “Arkansas is again near the bottom of all states in the latest America’s Health Rankings report, released Tuesday, Dec. 5, by the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association. The report ranks Arkansas as the 48th healthiest state in the nation, the same position the state held in the past two years’ reports. Arkansas’s highest-ever ranking was 40th in the 1993 and 2009 reports. The annual report analyzes 81 health measures from 31 national- and state-level data sources to identify current or emerging public health successes and challenges. It focuses on five categories of health — social and economic factors, physical environment, clinical care, behaviors, and health outcomes — with the objective to inform and drive action to build healthier communities.” [Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, 12/7/23

  • The Report Measured Five Categories Of Health For The Rankings, Including Social And Economic Factors, Physical Environment, Clinical Care, Behaviors, And Health Outcomes. According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, “Arkansas is again near the bottom of all states in the latest America’s Health Rankings report, released Tuesday, Dec. 5, by the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association. The report ranks Arkansas as the 48th healthiest state in the nation, the same position the state held in the past two years’ reports. Arkansas’s highest-ever ranking was 40th in the 1993 and 2009 reports. The annual report analyzes 81 health measures from 31 national- and state-level data sources to identify current or emerging public health successes and challenges. It focuses on five categories of health — social and economic factors, physical environment, clinical care, behaviors, and health outcomes — with the objective to inform and drive action to build healthier communities.” [Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, 12/7/23

Arkansas Was Struggled In Economic Rankings And Indicators

Arkansas Was One Of The Top States For People In Financial Distress 

Arkansas Ranked 12th Among States With The Most People In Financial Distress. According to WalletHub, “In order to shed light on the financial troubles experienced by people across the U.S., and to show where those difficulties are most pronounced, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across nine key metrics. Our data set includes factors like the average credit score, the change in the number of bankruptcy filings between September 2022 and September 2023, and the share of people with accounts in distress.” Arkansas ranked 12th. [WalletHub, 11/30/23

Arkansas Ranked In The Top Third In Both People And Percentage Of People In Economic Distress. According to WalletHub, Arkansas ranked 16th in both people with accounts in distress and average number of accounts in distress, which WalletHub defined an account in distress as one which either is in forbearance or has its payments deferred. [WalletHub, 11/30/23]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders And Lying

Sanders Lied About Donald Trump  

March 2018: Sanders Lied About The Stormy Daniels Hush Money Payments

March 2018: Sanders Denied That Trump Paid Michael Cohen $130,000 To Reimburse Cohen For Buying Stormy Daniels’ Silence. According to a transcript of Sanders’ March 7, 2018 White House Press Briefing, “[Q] Sarah, you’ve said repeatedly that we’ve addressed our feelings on that situation, in regards to the Stormy Daniels payment.  But specifically, can I ask, did the President approve of the payment that was made in October of 2016 by his longtime lawyer and advisor, Michael Cohen? [MS. SANDERS] Look, the President has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations are true. This case has already been won in arbitration.  And anything beyond that, I would refer you to the President’s outside counsel. [Q] When did the President address, specifically, the cash payment that was made in October of 2016 to — [MS. SANDERS] The President has denied the allegations against him.  And, again, this case has already been won in arbitration.  Anything beyond that, I would refer you to outside counsel.” [Trump White House Archives, 3/7/18

  • Trump Did Reimburse Michael Cohen For Paying Stormy Daniels. According to Politico, “White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that she learned President Donald Trump had reimbursed his longtime attorney for a 2016 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels at the same time most Americans did — when Rudy Giuliani revealed it in an interview on Wednesday night. ‘The first awareness I had was during the interview last night,’ Sanders told reporters at the White House. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who is now a member of Trump’s legal team, told Sean Hannity of Fox News that the president repaid Michael Cohen — who Giuliani said was not doing any work for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — in several installments via a retainer. ‘They funneled through a law firm, and the president repaid it,’ Giuliani said. ‘He didn’t know about the specifics of it, as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement — that Michael would take care of things like this.’” [Politico, 5/3/18

October 2017: Sanders Lied About Trump’s Sexual Accusers 

October 2017: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Said All The Women Who Accused Trump Of Sexual Harassment Were Lying. According to the Daily Beast, “Asked by Jacqueline Alemany of CBS News on Friday if the ‘official White House position’ is that all of the at least 16 women who have accused Donald Trump sexual harassment or assault are ‘lying,’ press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not hesitate with her answer. ‘Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning, and the president’s spoken on it,’ Sanders said before quickly moving on to call on the next reporter in the briefing room.” [Daily Beast, 10/27/17

  • May 2023: Trump Found Liable For Sexual Abuse Of E. Jean Carroll. According to the Associated Press, “A jury found Donald Trump liable Tuesday for sexually abusing advice columnist E. Jean Carroll in 1996, awarding her $5 million in a judgment that could haunt the former president as he campaigns to regain the White House.” [Associated Press, 5/9/23

March 2019: Sanders Lied About The Mueller Report 

March 2019: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Said The Mueller Report Showed A “Total And Complete Exoneration Of The President Of The United States.” According to NBC News, “White House press secretary Sarah Sanders echoed his remarks earlier Sunday afternoon, ‘The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction. AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States.’” [NBC News, 3/24/19

  • The Mueller Report: This Report “Does Not Exonerate Him.” According to Volume I of the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election (also known as the Mueller Report), “Fourth, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” [Volume I of the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election, March 2019]
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