Though it is nearly a week later, there is still an uproar in the media over something that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insinuated on Sunday about terrorists entering the U.S. through the southern border.
The media has been gloating for days since Fox News host Chris Wallace “called out” Sanders on his Sunday morning program for insinuating that “4,000 known or suspected terrorists” had been caught coming across the southern border.
The Hill reported that Wallace had taken issue with Sanders’ citation of a vague statistic, initially put forward by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, that asserted that “thousands” of what are known as “special interest aliens” had been apprehended entering the country in the 2017 fiscal year, at least some of whom had come across the southern border.
Sanders said of the stat on Sunday: “We know that, roughly, nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally, and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border.”
(You’ll notice that she didn’t actually say all 4,000 had attempted to enter via the southern border, and she even agreed later that most come via international airports when pressed by Wallace.)
She added: “I’m saying that they come by air, by land and by sea, and the more and more that our border becomes vulnerable and the less and less that we spend time and money protecting it, the more that we’re going to have an influx, not just of terrorists, but of human traffickers and drug inflow.”
Won’t be silenced
Despite the fact that Sanders is 100 percent correct about the vulnerability of the unguarded sections of the border — as well as the fact that she never explicitly said on Sunday that 4,000 terrorists had been caught crossing the southern border — the media gleefully piled on as part of their never-ending quest to smear Sanders as untruthful and discredited.
But Sanders has refused to be silenced by the media, and has resolutely continued to make multiple media appearances and do her job as the chief spokesperson for the Trump administration, as was most recently evidenced in yet another sparring match between her and CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
Sanders dunks on Acosta’s self-own
Acosta was part of the press pool that accompanied President Donald Trump on Thursday to the border city of McAllen, TX.
He posted a brief video to Twitter of himself near a section of border wall that ended up being widely mocked as he essentially proved the point that walls help keep the border region safe and secure.
Sanders fired back on Twitter:
When I went with President @realDonaldTrump to the border today I never imagined @Acosta would be there doing our job for us and so clearly explaining why WALLS WORK. Thanks Jim! https://t.co/7wC4rdEsZ2
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 10, 2019
Of course, Acosta tried to suggest in a tweet back to Sanders that she was “twisting the truth again,” and noted that not all parts of the border near McAllen were secured by barriers and steel slat fencing — but the damage to the “walls are unnecessary” argument from his initial tweet bragging about the safety of McAllen while standing behind the border wall had already been done.
Of course, the media absolutely hates Sarah Sanders and routinely accuses her of lying — but in actuality, they merely don’t like what she has to say.
This needs to stop, but, unfortunately, it probably never will. That’s why it is so great that Sanders is a tough woman who is unafraid to bullishly face down the near-constant media firestorms against her.