Sarah Huckabee Sanders Humiliates Herself On Live TV, Says Trump More Popular Than Obama
This morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged a question from ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos regarding James Comey’s credibility compared to President Trump’s credibility.
“Are you sure you want to be engaged in a credibility contest with James Comey?” Stephanopoulos asked Sanders. The veteran ABC News reporter brought to Sanders attention a Washington Post piece that cited “more than 2,000 instances where the president and the White House have made false statements.”
Stephanopoulos continued, “Our new poll shows that Americans, by a pretty wide margin, think James Comey has more credibility than Donald Trump.” The WaPo/ABC poll referred to by Stephanopoulos shows 48% of Americans believe Comey has more credibility than the president, with only 32% siding with Trump. 11% of respondents had no opinion, 7% answered neither, and a mere 2% rated their credibility as equal.
Coming up on a year of experience as the White House press secretary, Huckabee Sanders is no stranger to deflection, a strategy she employed immediately during the interview.“I have to disagree,” she told Stephanopoulos, a former White House official himself. “There’s a daily poll that has the president at 50%. Better than President Obama at this point.”
Sanders was referring to a poll President Trump touted in a tweet earlier this morning, parroting her boss nearly verbatim. The Rasmussen poll puts him at an approval rate that is “much higher than Obama at same point,” the president’s tweet reads. The president’s press secretary appears to share her boss’s preoccupation with comparing his approval ratings to those of his predecessors.
Meanwhile, a competing poll aggregates place Trump’s approval rating closer to 40%. Moreover, a Politifact article from last year rates a similar claim from President Trump as “Mostly False,” alleging that POTUS has a tendency to use hyperbole when discussing his approval ratings. In addition, the article notes that “contrary to Trump’s assertion, Obama’s numbers in the same poll at the same point in his presidency were higher than Trump’s current results.”
These recent claims are a continuation of Trump’s thorny relationship with polls. Merely a month after the Politifact article cited above was published, the Pulitzer-prize winning outlet released another piece related to Trump’s claims about his own approval ratings. His claim that his approval rating compared to other presidents was “not bad” earned him a solid “False.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you sure you want to get into a credibility contest with James Comey? Polling shows the public finds him much more credible than Trump.
SANDERS: Ah, I have to disagree, because there’s a Rasmussen poll showing Trump’s approval higher than Obama’s was. pic.twitter.com/CbEMEbASjw
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 15, 2018