In a recent wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended her family, job performance, and president.
She also defended her religion.
Sanders, who is the daughter of former pastor and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is a practicing evangelical who reads scripture before each press briefing.
According to the interview:
” If Mr. Spicer’s gaffe-prone briefings mutated into an unhelpful spectacle, Ms. Sanders’s sessions tend to be flat and uneventful, not necessarily a bad thing for a stormy administration.
An evangelical who reads from a book of Christian devotionals before every briefing — and the daughter of the pastor-turned-presidential-candidate Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor of Arkansas — Ms. Sanders is an unlikely public face for Mr. Trump, a twice-divorced connoisseur of grievance.
“I certainly didn’t approve of a couple of the comments,” Ms. Sanders said of her time on Mr. Trump’s campaign, where she served as an adviser and on-air surrogate. “But at the same time, we were looking for a commander in chief, not a pastor.”
“Oftentimes, people want to make politicians perfect,” she added. “And that’s one of the actual beauties of Christianity, is understanding that no one is.”
She is the first mother to serve as press secretary, and among the youngest to occupy the role.
President Trump’s new press secretary is an evangelical who reads a Christian devotional before news briefings https://t.co/3WTTwdMMG1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 8, 2017
However, after the religious nugget appeared, commenters online savaged Sanders as a “hypocrite,” “fake Christian,” and claimed she was “reading a different Bible” for her work in the Trump administration:
“…anyone who is a true Christian….”
“If Ms. Huckabee Sanders ever had a soul…”
“…sold her religion and beliefs down the river…”
“We must be reading different Bibles…”
“Are you just hoping that your god doesn’t notice?”
“…white, tone-deaf, evangelical…”
“…fake claims about being Christian.”
“…a fake Christian.”
“…her obvious ‘Christian’ disdain for the press…”
“…from which devotionals…”
“bible thumppin Jesus Junkie…”
The declaration of faith was not Sanders’s first. In June, Sanders was asked by a reporter if, as a mother, she would defend the tweets to her children. She responded:
“On a personal level, you have sat here and talked about your family from this podium, are you going to tell your kids this behavior is OK?”
Sanders dug in with her response, citing who is her “perfect role model”:
“Look, I’ve been asked before, when it comes to role models, as a person of faith, I think we all have one perfect role model and when I’m asked that question, I point to God. I point to my faith and that’s where I would tell me kids to look. None of us are perfect and certainly there’s only one that is and that’s where I would point that direction.”
Most parents would have a hard time disagreeing with her.
Source: Conservative Daily