Sarah Huckabee Sanders showed the world that she doesn’t understand how metaphors worked when she went on Fox & Friends today and acted like a fairly common idiom was a completely literal statement.
.@PressSec and @foxandfriends are pretending @AprilDRyan literally proposed that Sanders be decapitated — she used a figure of speech to say Sanders should be fired for lying about lying — and are using that as a pretext to attack the liberal media pic.twitter.com/l5NQyfQdkM
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 22, 2019
Last week, April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks and CNN was speaking on all the lies told by Sanders that were exposed in the Mueller report and arguing that the press secretary should be fired for betraying the trust of the American people. She then used a common metaphor for firing people to stress her point.
“She out and out lied. 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. … When there is a lack of credibility there, you have to start and start lopping the heads off.”
We’ve all heard the idea of heads rolling or being cut off when someone screws up really bad at work, right? Right?
Apparently, not Sanders. Or, and this seems more likely, she’s obscuring the truth by acting like she took Ryan’s words at face value because Sarah Huckabee Sanders is chronically dishonest.
“I’ve had reporters say a lot of things about me,” Sanders said on Fox & Friends “They’ve said I should be choked, they said I should deserve a lifetime of harassment, but certainly never had somebody say that I should be decapitated.”
And to be perfectly clear, no one actually thinks you’re a literal potato, Sanders.
To top it all off, Sanders then said that because (in her mind) Ryan literally called for her head to come off, it’s the media that shouldn’t be taken seriously.
“I think it just once again proves why this journalist isn’t taken seriously,” she said.
A lack of comprehension of idioms and metaphors apparently runs in the family as Mike Huckabee took to Twitter last Friday to call for Ryan to have her press credentials revoked for “inciting murder.” Ryan actually had to apologize on CNN after explaining that she didn’t mean it literally, because that’s the kind of world we live in right now.
So liberals—is this okay?Does CNN have the integrity to deal w/ this incitement to murder? CNN's April Ryan Says Sarah Sanders' Head Should Be "Lopped Off" https://t.co/8fdYiOzggf
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 19, 2019
I hope he was ready for 17,000 “it’s a metaphor” jokes, reminders that he’s a massive hypocrite, and roasts of his terrible children.
Your daughter is the propaganda mouthpiece for an authoritarian who allowed a hostile foreign government to assist in his election and then used his position to enrich himself and his billionaire cronies while deliberately traumatizing children and bragging about sexual assault.
— Czarina Renee (@CariniGambarini) April 20, 2019
No, talk of violence is not OK Mike, but sadly your President perpetuates it and you seem fine with it. You yourself have also used media to put millions of people in danger. Pray on that this Sunday.
P.S. your daughter is a national disgrace.https://t.co/yTElf8R0cN
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) April 20, 2019
So Mike you said you wanted @AprilDRyan to be gutted like a deer. Really? May he who is without sin cast the first stone. No rapture for you or Sarah
— "The X Files" Trump NOT exonerated (@Cranmer3483) April 20, 2019
You must such a lovely time a family dinners. Discussions about how best to kill dogs, best ways to lie about lying, and how much fat can a single person stuff into cheap suits.
— Dr. Juliet Robinson (@lotrob14) April 20, 2019
I'd be more worried about what your son the dog killer might do any at given time…
— Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) April 20, 2019
I’m sure it was just a slip of the tongue. It’s not like she killed a dog or, idk, LIED to a nation. ??♀️
— rhonda (@rhonda_marie) April 20, 2019
This is so dishonest you actually got me to click. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree I guess.
— Anthony Nelson (@AnthonyCENelson) April 20, 2019
So Huckabee, what punishment should your daughter face for consciously lying to the American people about professional law enforcement personnel guilty of nothing more than doing their job?
— northierthanthou.com (@Brimshack) April 20, 2019
Ummm you’re being ratio’d very hard right now and I’m happy to add to the comments. She used a general firing phrase that heads need to be lopped off. Your president has joked about shooting people. Get real.
— Alexandra (@zaftopia) April 20, 2019
Man you’re lucky it’s just the liberals pissed about your sloppy gross daughter. If conservatives were coming after her she’d be getting bombs in the mail and death threats about a video her boss posted on Twitter. Shut the fuck up cry baby.
— Keeping up with the Joneses (@jscottyjones) April 21, 2019
No worries, it was just locker room talk.
— Denise Shearin (@DeniseShearin) April 20, 2019
Dude you know exactly what she was talking about. You also know you can whip up the Trump base who don’t research ANYTHING. You’ve taken this out of context just like you do your Bible to fit your OWN agenda. Get behind me Pharisee Xian!
— Tim Smith (@TimnGibsons) April 21, 2019
It’s a figure of speech. You know, like “countless people”.
— kris albertson (@krisalbertson1) April 21, 2019
Have your views changed since people wanted Don Imus fired and you said that would raise "free speech issues?"
Also, perhaps you shouldn't throw around legal words like "incitement" before consulting with someone who knows what they are talking about. pic.twitter.com/m6sLxyH8je
— Ari NotGayEnoughForSlate Cohn (@AriCohn) April 21, 2019
— Jo’El Liberati (@Karmyk_Li8erati) April 21, 2019
Sorry, she should have just grabbed her by the pussy!! You’re an idiot Huckleberry!!
— Ed.[Redacted] (@edc_ie) April 21, 2019
I’m sorry, but Leadership starts at the top. Why should the media be held to a more ethical standard than our fearless leader? ?
— Georgette (@GeorgetteRain) April 21, 2019
Lying Mike! Like Father like Daughter. The apple does not fall far from the tree. She was referring to firing your lying daughter. You know it’s an idiom like “heads should roll” for firing & she should be FIRED for constantly lying. Your “Gutted like a Deer” I am not so sure of.
— Kaye (@kdseekerjust) April 21, 2019
The Tea Party is calling for the removal of Mitt Romney's head in a recent email I received. Please call them out if you are not partisan.
— Tony Martillo theBluntTruth (@martillo_tony) April 21, 2019
— David Radcliffe (@daveinstpaul) April 22, 2019
And seriously, Mike. You said April Ryan should be “gutted like a deer.” She hasn’t forgotten.
Hey Mike you said I should be gutted like a dear. Do you remember? Don’t lie! God is watching and I have tape! https://t.co/M72QQACjqV
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) April 20, 2019
And that was over pies. Pies, Huckabee. Sit down.