WATCH: On Day of Big Indictment News, Sarah Sanders Opens Briefing with Taxes and Beer
All eyes were on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as she conducted her daily press briefing Monday. Would she begin by addressing the criminal charges placed against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates? Would she admonish former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos? Would she jump to defend the president while she had the floor, before members of the press started grilling her about today’s indictments?
Nope. She gave a lengthy monologue about beer. Yeah, beer.
Sanders used the beverage as an analogy to help further Republicans’ efforts to pass tax reform legislation. The meandering discourse didn’t make a lick of sense to folks on Twitter, who wasted no time in mocking the press secretary:
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— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) October 30, 2017
WHAT THE HELL IS SHE TALKING ABOUT?
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) October 30, 2017
Sarah Sanders opens up press conference with drinking joke, looks up expectantly for laugh. Someone in press pool coughs. That happened.
— Charles Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) October 30, 2017
I'm gonna need a beer and I don't care how much tax I'm being charged after listening to that bizarre yarn from Sarah Sanders.
— Brian Martin (@TheBMartin) October 30, 2017
I'm watching Sarah Sanders talk about tax reform & reporters going out for beer and I'm so confused. Burn your TV.
— Ryan Loco (@RyanLoco) October 30, 2017
No clue what Sarah Sanders is talking about but I want a beer?
— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) October 30, 2017
holy shit sarah sanders is filibustering us by reading out a word problem from a forwarded email using reporters as a metaphor for taxes
— Hades Brown (@HayesBrown) October 30, 2017
Sarah Sanders is making a mockery of the press briefing…
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) October 30, 2017
Sarah Sanders is trying to explain tax reform via a story about 10 reporters who go to a bar. Totally confusing and everyone’s baffled. pic.twitter.com/k3EV7WJNTe
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) October 30, 2017
As far as I can tell Sarah Sanders has had a complete mental break and now lives in a completely imaginary (verbose) world.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 30, 2017
Sarah Sanders with the absolutely dumbest beer-drinking analogy you've ever heard to explain tax reform.
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) October 30, 2017
Sarah Sanders is right now telling one of the stupidest example stories about beer trying to justify tax breaks to the rich.
— Now! Solar (@NOW1SOLAR) October 30, 2017
Actually, her diatribe may seem familiar and there’s good reason for that. Sanders’ remarks come, nearly word for word, from an essay that has long floated in conservative circles, making the rounds in chain emails, Snopes and even popular right-wing media outlets.
The circuitous essay has been attributed to a number of people, though each have denied authoring it. This thing is so old that it seems to have no author at all. It’s just one of those pieces of writing that has been floating and mutating around the web since its inception. As a matter of fact, renowned conservative writer William F. Buckley even reprinted the parable in National Review, back in 2001. The essay’s authorship had already blurred, with Buckley saying it “just came in from a friend, via the Internet.”
Sanders did eventually acknowledge today’s indictments, but concluded that the real story was, as always, Hillary Clinton.
Watch above, via Fox News.
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