While at a press conference earlier this week, several reporters attempted to bash President Donald Trump for being corrupt because he gave campaign contributions to a Senator in the past. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, pushed back against their attacks by reminding everyone that it’s actually Hillary Clinton, not Trump, who’s the corrupt one. She also pointed out that while Trump participated in a “broken system,” he campaigned on, and is actively working to, fix it.
Specifically, during Monday’s press briefing at the White House, a reporter questioned Sanders about money that President Trump previously gave to Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY). “The President gave almost $8,000 dollars to Sen. Gillibrand over the years. His daughter also gave her $2,000. What specifically did they get for these contributions?” asked the reporter.
In response, Sanders told him that people typically donate for “access.” In an attempt to explain, she stated, “a member of Congress will take your phone call. They’ll take your meeting. And if you’re driving something as a businessman that the President may or may not be driving at any particular point, you can talk to that individual about it and sometimes they’ll carry your water.”
Sanders then added, “that’s the reason that we have a broken system. That’s the reason that often special interests control our government more than the people do.”
She also mentioned that wanting to fix the broken system was “one of the reasons that [Trump] ran to be president” and “one of the top reasons that he won and that he’s sitting in the oval office today and Hillary Clinton is not.” To clarify, she claimed that “[Trump] couldn’t be bought and everybody knew that [Clinton] could because they have seen it time and time again.”
After hearing Sanders’ response, the same reporter followed-up with a second question. “Are you admitting that he bought access in a corrupt way?”
Once again, Sanders completely shut down his suggestion that Trump is corrupt. “Look, I think he is admitting that he’s participating in a rigged system,” she explained.
“He said that on the campaign trail. He knows how the system works,” she continued, noting, “I think it would be disingenuous for anybody not to understand that. But at least this president is being honest about the process and his willingness to actually fix it and drain the swamp.”
Throughout the interview, Sanders was also repeatedly questioned about a tweet that Trump had written about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). In the tweet, he stated, “lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
One reporter, for instance, asked Sanders, “Is Gillibrand owed an apology for the misunderstanding of the President’s tweet this morning because many…thought it was a sexual innuendo?”
Without hesitation, Sanders dismissed her absurd call for an apology by stating, “only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way, so no.”
When the reporter tried to object, Sanders added, “he’s obviously talking about political partisan games that people often play and the broken system that he’s talked about repeatedly. This isn’t new. This isn’t a new sentiment. This isn’t new terminology,” noting, “he’s used it several times before referencing men of both parties, in fact. And so, I think that if you look back at the past comments that he’s made, it’s very clear what his reference was.”
The ensuing anger from liberals over Trump’s tweet about Sen. Gillibrand shows just how removed from reality many of them truly are. As Sanders pointed out, they literally tried to take a tweet about campaign contributions and make it about him being a corrupt sexist. In addition to being wrong, it’s also utterly reprehensible.