Sarah Sanders Rips Media on Hannity: ‘Never Seen People So Happy to Destroy a Kid’s Life’


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ripped the media with Fox News host Sean Hannity tonight, telling the pundit that she has “never seen people so happy to destroy a kid’s life” in response to last weekend’s incident involving Covington Catholic students.

In preparation for the segment, Hannity said he “literally” printed out 47 Washington Examiner articles detailing mistakes the media has made during their coverage of Trump. He went on to ask Sanders if these errors will make the “the president’s branding of ‘fake news'” permanent.

“Is [fake news] forever etched into the minds of the American people when they see events like this on Friday and then followed by Covington and what happened to those students?” Hannity asked.

“Honestly, Sean, we hope not,” Sanders replied. “We hope that fake news does not become the forever brand of the news media because it’s not good for the country.”

She continued:

“I think what happened with BuzzFeed is a great lesson for the media. 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. When that becomes the norm in the media in America simply because they are associated with this president, that is disgraceful, and that should never happen. Let’s hope that this is a lesson to all of the media, to everyone. Let’s focus on getting things right, not first.”

Students from the Kentucky all-boys school, who visited Washington, D.C. for the anti-abortion March for Life rally on Friday, were seen chanting, dancing, and making tomahawk slashing motions with their arms after being approached by a group of Native American protesters near the steps of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial.

The activists allege they were stepping in between the Catholic students and heckling Black Israelite cultists, but were met with jeers from the group of MAGA hat-wearing teens, while the main student involved in the confrontation has claimed total innocence — telling NBC News he “had every right” to stand in front of a Native American elder wielding a drum.

The White House has publicly sided with the Covington students.

“We’ve reached out and voiced our support,” Sanders said in a statement today. “If the president does have them here, it will be sometime after the shutdown, if that happens.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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