Sarah Sanders claimed she's 'never seen people so happy to destroy a kid's life' as Covington high schoolers — and the internet exploded
On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made it very clear where the administration stands on the Covington Catholic High School controversy, when she segued into the topic during a discussion with Sean Hannity about the disputed BuzzFeed News story on Michael Cohen.
"I think what happened with BuzzFeed is a great lesson for the media," said Sanders. "Quit trying to be first and start trying to be right. We have seen time and time again where they run out here with outrageous, ridiculous stories. One person reports it to begin with and they all jump on it. We saw it again with the Covington students. I've never seen people so happy to destroy a kid's life."
Sanders doubles down on support of Covington student: "I’ve never seen people so happy to destroy a kid’s life" pic.twitter.com/lngd9yL0mr
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) January 23, 2019
Sanders' remark drew immediate outrage on social media. Some commenters pointed out the survivors of the Parkland school shooting, who were attacked, smeared, and received death threats against their families from pro-gun activists with little concern from the White House:
“Never seen people so happy to destroy a kid’s life” said Sarah Sanders, on Fox News, home of Laura Ingraham, who a… https://t.co/RNHx9Z4lQa— The Volatile Mermaid (@The Volatile Mermaid)1548250292.0
@TPM Remember when the WH came to defense of the Parkland kids who were almost killed? Me neither.— Fran (@Fran)1548254230.0
Really? https://t.co/EKJZeByIsD— David Hogg (@David Hogg)1548252206.0
Other commentators pointed out the many young black men who were gunned down and then posthumously recast in the media as violent hoodlums who had it coming to them:
Sarah Sanders is going to be mortified when she finds out what the media did to Trayvon after he was shot and kille… https://t.co/FzkCYcXMM0— Khary Penebaker (@Khary Penebaker)1548257130.0
Why is no one in the media putting folks like Sarah Sanders in a tough spot while defending the actions of those ra… https://t.co/vP24jOBXuj— Ki 🅴🤦🏾♀️ (@Ki 🅴🤦🏾♀️)1548251932.0
@jbouie @JoyAnnReid @PressSec "Never seen people so happy to destroy a kid's life" By all means do a search of Trum… https://t.co/RdRogDaYbV— Jacob (@Jacob)1548258278.0
And still other commentators pointed out that, to see people eager to destroy kids' lives, one need look no further than the Trump administration's zeal in ripping migrant children from their families and sticking them in desert camps:
@TPM Lol. The architects of family separation which has resulted in children’s DEATHS are mad that people are point… https://t.co/HcGseDKUch— _____🧷_____ (@_____🧷_____)1548248724.0
@TPM the WH caged refugee children as young as babies. Thank you for coming to my ted talk.— Maiko (@Maiko)1548253259.0
@TPM Also WH: we ripped a couple thousand kids from their parents and held them indefinitely in a prison.— ObstructTrump (@ObstructTrump)1548257183.0
Ever since the national outrage that erupted from footage of the MAGA-hatted Covington Catholic teenagers engaged in racist chants and dancing against a Native American elder on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while on a chaperoned trip to the March for Life, there has been an aggressive right-wing PR campaign to exonerate the kids. This campaign, along by conservative commentators like David Brooks, latched onto minor details the initial reporting got wrong, like whether the kids were chanting "Build the Wall" or who first approached whom, and essentially argues that the "full video" shows exculpatory context — in reality, it doesn't, but already respectable mainstream outlets are apologizing for condemning what was, and still is, obvious racism.
But even though these kids are privileged enough to elicit overwhelming benefit of the doubt from the media, and even though one of their ringleaders, Nick Sandmann, got an interview on national television to whitewash his behavior, Sanders believes they are the victims in all this.