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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:

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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