'They Have Made the White House Unsafe for Women': S.E. Cupp Slams Sarah Sanders for Her Hypocrisy

HLN's S.E. Cupp made it clear Monday that she's had enough of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' claims to be a defender of women.


Early in the day, Sanders cheered the swearing in of Gina Haspel as CIA director. The press secretary took the opportunity to go after Democrats, tweeting, "Historic day for our country: swearing-in ceremony for Gina Haspel, the first woman ever to serve as CIA director. Democrats are losing their war against women in the Trump administration."

Most Democrats in the Senate voted against Haspel's nomination, largely because of her involvement in a Bush-era torture program. But as Cupp pointed out, there was nothing hypocritical or sexist about this, and Sanders' own attacks were hypocritical. 

"First things first: There is no Democratic war on Trump women," Cupp said. "Every Democrat I've talked to feels sorry for women in the Trump White House. And that's in part because women like Sarah Sanders are failing to protect Trump women. That's in part because women, like Sarah Sanders, are failing to protect women in Trump's White House. In defending men like Rob Porter, they have made the White House unsafe for women."

As a conservative herself, Cupp argued that "identity politics" is bad, and Sanders does herself no favors by engaging in it. And while there are good reasons to reject Cupp's negative characterization of identity politics, her argument that conservatives like Sanders, who have made a political movement out of rejecting the idea only make themselves look ridiculous and hypocritical by using this kind of rhetoric, is hard to dispute.

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