It’s hard to know if Sarah Huckabee Sanders ever regrets anything she says, but she just might be doing this right now because a tweet she posted on Twitter Tuesday morning is blowing up in her face spectacularly.
Specifically, Huckabee Sanders tweeted this dumbstupidness:
Presidents have always been clear to deter threats: “We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals” –@BarackObama last year
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 19, 2017
But that’s not what he’s suggesting. He’s saying the exact opposite.
Here’s Obama’s full quote, from an interview he did last April, with CBS News This Morning:
“It’s not something that lends itself to an easy solution. We could obviously destroy North Korea with our arsenals. But aside from the humanitarian costs, they are right next door to our vital ally, Republic of Korea.”
Somehow, Huckabee Sanders seems to have omitted that last sentence. Oooops.
And Twitter users were quick to spank her for this, especially Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald, who does not suffer fools gladly:
Ah, the joys of taking things out of context to lie. pic.twitter.com/Z4zz2FrYgp
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 19, 2017
Others followed suit:
Jesus jumped up Christ, Sarah, really? REALLY? How do you get up out of bed every day and do this shit? How much does the human soul cost?
— Donna J. Pecker-Grabber (@Pecker_Grabber) September 19, 2017
— 🌊Robin🌊 (@blue_robin17) September 19, 2017
Why does she think no one will Google it? Fool.
— Wendy Botting (@wbotting) September 19, 2017
Instead of wasting time taking a real President's quotes out of context, I would be getting a lawyer because you're going to jail.
— VeryVexingIndeed🌀 (@MyPoorNerves__) September 19, 2017
Could you possibly be any more dishonest?
One of these things is *NOTHING* like the other…https://t.co/y0g69z3xF2
— MutherBear (@MuthrBear) September 19, 2017
@PressSec are a liar! You purposely left out the most important part of that quote to try & justify the ignorant, dangerous words of Trump!
— Danirene (@drenetol) September 19, 2017
You are assuming the majority of America is as poorly read as your base. It's not. You are taking one out of context. Stop simplifying.
— Naydoo (@ken_nadeau) September 19, 2017
You are in over your head, Ms. Sanders. Comparing Obama to Trump does not lead to where you point. Trump is a clear and present danger.
— 🌙Moonbeam 🦅💚 (@moonbeamstar12) September 19, 2017
That last tweet is relevant when you consider that Trump, in a particularly bellicose mood, addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, encouraging member nations to “embrace their sovereignty,” Raw Story reports.
He announced he would always put the U.S. first and urged other countries to follow his example and put their countries first.
“I will always put America first, just as you should put your countries first.”
He then criticized the country’s human rights record (of course he might want to ask a few people of color about the human rights record of the U.S. I’m sure they’d have something to say about it). He threatened North Korea with annihilation if it continued threatening the U.S. and its allies, saying:
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing, and able — but hopefully, this will not be necessary.”
Huckabee Sanders was likely trying to defend her boss, but she was merely following the usual Trump administration shtick: Disarm everyone by taking a quote out of context. Tell untruths whenever possible. Let your minions distract everyone from what you actually said.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Obviously, these Twitter users weren’t so easily fooled.
Featured Image by Donald Trump Speeches and Press Conference via YouTube video.