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Huckabee Sanders Offers Only 33 Words For Arkansas Mass Shooting

On Saturday night what the State Police described as a “gunfight” broke out at a car show in Dumas, Arkansas, leaving a 23-year old victim dead and 27 others injured – including six children, 19 months and older. It is the largest mass shooting of the year. Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders had just 33 words to say about the devastating shootout in her state.

Arkansas’s current governor, Republican Asa Hutchinson, issued this statement on Sunday, calling the mass shooting “a total disregard of the value of life.”

The car show is part of an event that “provides family-friendly entertainment and raises money for scholarships and school supplies for underprivileged youths.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders also issued a statement, on Twitter only, not on any other of the social media accounts listed on her campaign website. “Prayers,” she offered, calling it “senseless and tragic,” and thanking law enforcement. It was just 33 words.

The Gun Violence Archive reports two of the children injured were one-year-olds, one was 8 years old, one 9, and one 11.

Huckabee Sanders just three days earlier, as veteran political commentator Charles Pierce has expertly noted, praised Arkansas as “God’s Country” because “you can get a 12 pack and a 12 gauge shotgun at your neighborhood Edward’s Food Giant!”

The photo she tweeted includes her, her husband, a Huckabee Sanders campaign bus, and signs advertising guns and ammo.

“God’s Country is apparently located somewhere between Deadwood and Tombstone. God should move to a better neighborhood. She’s not safe where She is,” observed Pierce.

Huckabee Sanders has said nothing more about the horrific gun violence, at least nothing on her social media accounts or published in news online.

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Huckabee Sanders Tries To Blame Biden For Anti-Vax Persistence

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

GOP candidate for Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday offered a list of promises of what she would not do to help end the coronavirus pandemic if elected. She did criticize President Joe Biden, saying he should praise his predecessor for "helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively."

Sanders, who served as President Donald Trump's White House press secretary, told Fox News, "If I'm elected governor here in Arkansas, we will not have mask mandates, we will not have mandates on the vaccine, we will not shut down churches and schools and other large gatherings because we believe in personal freedom and responsibility. It's one of the key cornerstones frankly of our country."

She did not offer any examples of what she would do to combat the deadly virus that is once again spiking across the country.

Arkansas is the country's eighth-worst state in getting its population vaccinated. Just 44.7 percent of adults 18 and over have been fully inoculated.

Sanders then questioned President Biden's and Vice President Kamala Harris' level of seriousness "about helping save lives through the vaccine," insisting "they should admit they were wrong when they cast doubt on Operation Warp Speed at the very beginning, and give President Trump and his administration the credit they are due for helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively, and into the hands of Americans."

Many Americans believed President Trump would force the FDA to certify any vaccine to push it out too quickly in a desperate attempt to get re-elected. He repeatedly claimed the vaccine was coming far sooner than it did, and his own Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, in September claimed the coronavirus vaccine would be available by the end of that month.

"I think that would make a huge difference," Sanders claimed, "and I think they should really take some responsibility and step up and fix the mistake that they made by casting so much doubt at the very beginning of this process."

She also appeared to blame, falsely, the Biden administration for "politicization" of the vaccine.

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Huckabee Sanders Says She’d Enforce No COVID Safety Rules In Arkansas

Reprinted with permission from American Independent

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former Trump White House press secretary and Fox News pundit who is running for governor of Arkansas, said during a Friday appearance on Fox News that she would not institute mask or vaccine mandates if elected.

Sanders' comments come as Arkansas has had a resurgence of COVID-19. On Thursday, the Arkansas Department of Health reported that active cases of COVID-19 in the state had increased by more than 800, up to 12,779.

The department reported the deaths of two children from COVID-19 on the day Sanders said she wouldn't impose any safety regulations against the spread of the coronavirus.

"If I'm elected governor here in Arkansas, we will not have mask mandates, we will not have mandates on the vaccine ... because we believe in personal freedom and responsibility. That's one of the key cornerstones, frankly, of our country," Sanders told the hosts of Fox & Friends.

According to the Mayo Clinic, 44.4 percent of the total population in Arkansas has had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, ranking it among the bottom 10 states in the country. By comparison, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Vermont have vaccination rates above 70 percent, and the national average is 56.6 percent.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control, told a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education and Labor on Wednesday that 83 percent of new COVID cases are caused by the Delta variant of the virus, and that most of those infected are unvaccinated.

In contrast to Sanders' blanket statement, some institutions in Arkansas have instituted vaccine mandates. Arkansas Children's Hospital and the state's Washington Regional Medical Network said that all new hires would be required to be vaccinated.

In the interview, Sanders also said that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris had "cast doubt" on the Operation Warp Speed program that was intended to help fund and accelerate the development of vaccines against the coronavirus and should "give President Trump and his administration the credit they are due" for the vaccine being developed and distributed.

But when Biden became president on January 20, the government had not yet secured millions of doses of vaccine from manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna, and agreements were not secured until the Biden administration was in place. The agreement for a total of 600 million doses to cover the entire population was not reached until February 11.

During her tenure as Donald Trump's spokesperson, Sanders made a habit of repeatedly lying to reporters.

Defending Trump's decision to fire then-FBI director James Comey in 2017, Sanders claimed that FBI agents had "lost confidence" in the director. But under oath during the Mueller investigation, she admitted fabricating the story.

She also lied about job creation figures under President Barack Obama, which she was forced later to acknowledge.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

AOC Slams Sarah Sanders For Complaining She Lost 50K Followers In Twitter Purge

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has some "free advice" for Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "if you are losing tens of thousands of followers the moment Twitter starts taking down Neo-Nazis and violent insurrectionists, maybe don't advertise that!"

Huckabee Sanders, the former Trump White House press secretary who is planning a run to become Arkansas's next governor, took to the social media platform that just banned President Donald Trump to lament not Wednesday's domestic terrorist attack and attempted coup incited by her former boss and not the death of a Capitol police officer, but her loss of Twitter followers.

Huckabee Sanders was responding to a tweet from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who attacked Twitter by suggesting it was intentionally removing massive numbers of followers from top Republicans, including himself, and intentionally increasing the number of followers to top Democrats to "create an echo chamber."

Twitter appears to have purged or expelled large numbers of far right wing extremists. NCRM Saturday night was first to report Rudy Giuliani lost 60 followers whose accounts were suspended or otherwise deleted – although he himself unfollowed 25 top Republicans including Vice President Mike Pence.

Fox News Hires Sarah Sanders (She’ll Fit In Well)

After she repeatedly lied to reporters and the American public for nearly two years, Fox News announced on Thursday that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be its newest official contributor.

“The former Trump administration advisor is expected to contribute commentary to Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox News Digital and the Fox Nation streaming service, the Fox Corporation unit announced Thursday,” Variety reported.

Sanders is set to make her first official appearance as a Fox News employee on “Fox & Friends,” Trump’s favorite show on the disinformation network.

Since Trump took office, there has been a revolving door of employment between the network and members of his administration. Former communications director Hope Hicks is now an executive at Fox’s parent company along with several others, while multiple members of Trump’s team came from Fox.

Sarah Sanders will join following a confession to special counsel Robert Mueller, who was at the time investigating the Trump campaign, that she blatantly lied to reporters and the public.

Sanders had claimed in a White House press briefing that Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey because FBI agents had “lost confidence” in him. But she admitted to investigators that she simply made up the cover story.

When she wasn’t lying to the public while she was a government employee, Sanders was hiding from the press. She effectively killed the daily White House press briefing, depriving the public of an opportunity to see the administration defend and support its actions under questioning from the independent press.

There has not been a White House press briefing since March 11.

Instead of facing reporters, Sanders often chose to appear on Fox News, where she could give the administration’s spin on multiple issues in an environment and where she was not seriously challenged by the network’s conservative hosts.

For over 23 years, Fox has operated as the leading outlet for pro-conservative, pro-Republican propaganda.

Sanders’ hiring from the Trump White House press operation gives more fuel to the contention that the network is not a journalistic enterprise but rather just a dishonest GOP mouthpiece.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

7 Trumpsters Who Don’t Come Off Well In Mueller Report

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is full of bombshells about Trump pressuring subordinates to lie and engaging in a truly staggering amount of obstruction of justice. Besides that, though, the report made nearly everyone in Trump’s orbit look terrible.

Their bad behavior ranged from the banal to the genuinely corrupt, and it was omnipresent. Many Trump team members, of course, have already been indicted or found guilty of serious crimes thanks to Mueller’s investigations.

But the Mueller report also included damning new details about these seven people who haven’t been indicted:

Sean Spicer. Thanks to being deceived by then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, Spicer ended up lying during his very first press conference. He stood up and told the world that Flynn’s conversations with Sergey Kislyak weren’t about sanctions. Of course, they were totally about sanctions. Spicer also helped Trump shape the false narrative that Rosenstein had decided to fire Comey, and dutifully lying to the press about it.

Ivanka Trump. Ivanka helped cover up the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. She sort of had to, given her husband was one of the attendees. The report also confirms something Michael Cohen had told Congress: Ivanka was one of the people he kept in the loop about the Trump Tower Moscow plans. Covering up those plans was mission critical to Trump because he knew it might look bad that he kept pursuing the deal even when he was running for president.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Aside from the people who actually got indicted, Sanders might look the worst here. She blithely lied to the press and spun an absurd story about James Comey being fired because “countless FBI agents” were mad at him. When called out on it by investigators, she admitted her comments had no foundation at all. Expect Sanders to hide from the press for a while, as that is her usual behavior when scandal erupts.

Reince Priebus. The Mueller report brought to light the fact that Priebus was feverishly workingbehind the scenes to support Trump. He and Steve Bannon tag-teamed to try to convince K.T. McFarland to lie for Trump. They needed her to draft an email that said Trump didn’t direct Flynn to call the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Priebus and Bannon dangled an ambassadorship to Singapore in front of her, but McFarland didn’t budge. And on the night in January 2017 when Trump chose to dine alone with James Comey, it was Priebus who tried, in vain, to tell the president not to talk about Russia at dinner.

Donald Trump Jr. It’s unfathomable that Trump Jr. isn’t indicted right now. The report makes clear that he lied about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. With his father’s help, he issued a statement that the meeting was “primarily” about the adoption of Russian children. That’s an outright lie. The subject of that meeting was to obtain derogatory information about Hillary Clinton and for the Russians to complain about sanctions. There’s a highly credible case to be made that Don Jr. should be indicted for campaign finance violations, given that either soliciting or accepting a thing of value — in this case, opposition research — from a foreign person or entity is a crime.

William Barr. Barr isn’t in the report, but the report still makes him look bad. It didn’t have to be that way. Barr could have offered a neutral explanation of the contents, but instead he tried to spin the report before it was released in order to protect Trump. Barr did so twice: first in a four-page letter that purported to summarize the report but did no such thing, and second in Thursday’s press conference, where he lied and lied and lied. It was a disgraceful performance, but it was for an audience of one: Donald Trump.

Donald Trump. He escaped being indicted only because Mueller is a rule-follower who wouldn’t indict a sitting president. But the entire report is breathtakingly bad for him. He thought, when the investigation started, that it would be the end of his presidency — and it should have been. Instead, he survived — but he’s in trouble. Mueller’s report is a roadmap for impeachment and more. Mueller kindly dropped a footnote that is full of dense legalese masking some serious menace:

A possible remedy through impeachment for abuses of power would not substitute for potential criminal liability after a President leaves office. Impeachment would remove a President from office, but would not address the underlying culpability of the conduct or serve the usual purposes of the criminal law. Indeed, the Impeachment Judgment Clause recognizes that criminal law plays an independent role in addressing an official’s conduct, distinct from the political remedy of impeachment.

What Mueller is saying is that impeachment is separate from criminal charges, and if Trump survives impeachment, or impeachment proceedings are never started, he could still face those charges. Mueller is even going a step farther: Even if Trump were impeached and removed from office, those criminal charges would remain as a separate matter.

This is a far cry from total exoneration. It’s an unsubtle reminder to Trump that the presidency can only protect him so long. Eventually, he’ll have to face the consequences for his actions.

Published with permission of The American Independent. 

Chaos: Trump Tweets Reversal Of North Korea Sanctions

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

At many different points in his presidency, Donald Trump has appeared to have no idea what was actually happening in the administration he is supposed to run. And on Friday, Trump made that fact vividly clear yet again with a stunning — even for him — post on Twitter.

After the Treasury Department announced it would be levying new sanctions on shipping companies for working with North Korea, the president abruptly reversed that decision:

(In fact, the announcement was made on Thursday, not Friday.)

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, trying to explain this decision, said simply, “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.”

Though he’s in charge of the executive branch, this is a completely unorthodox and reckless approach to sanctions policy. If Trump had a strong opinion in the Treasury Department’s coming sanctions decision, he could have intervened earlier and avoided sending such conflicting messages. Instead, he made clear that he had no idea what was going on right under his nose in the Treasury Department through the formal sanctions process, making himself look inept and weak.

Perhaps more importantly, however, he sends the message to the rest of the world that nothing the executive branch does has any authority unless he has personally weighed in — a move which undermines the government’s ability to accomplish, well, almost anything, as well as the undercutting the rule of law.

“What?” said national security lawyer Bradley Moss in response to the tweet. “Treasury goes through their sanctions process and then at the drop of a hat you reverse it?”

CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins noted that the turnabout was “Big.”

“The sanctions were on Chinese shipping companies that the Trump administration said helped North Korea evade international sanctions,” she said. “Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said the ‘full implementation’ of those UN sanctions is ‘crucial’ to the success of North Korea denuclearizing.”

“The United States and our like-minded partners remain committed to achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and believe that the full implementation of North Korea-related UN Security Council resolutions is crucial to a successful outcome,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a press release. “Treasury will continue to enforce our sanctions, and we are making it explicitly clear that shipping companies employing deceptive tactics to mask illicit trade with North Korea expose themselves to great risk.”

John Bolton, the president’s national security adviser, had said Thursday that the sanctions were “important” and that “the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea’s illicit shipping practices.”

Danziger: If A Head Is Cut Off…

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at