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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Says She Wants To Fire ‘Disgusting’ Leaker, But McCain ‘Dying’ Joke Is Just Fine

“I think it is disgusting and some of the most shameful behavior you can ever engage in,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday, a program that is quickly becoming a sort of weird, quasi-totalitarian morning announcement platform for President Donald Trump’s administration. If you had just tuned in, you might assume the White House had finally capitulated to the demands of the media and issued an apology on behalf of Kelly Sadler.

You would be wrong.

Sadler is the Trump aide who joked during an internal meeting that John McCain’s opposition to the administration’s nominee for CIA Director was irrelevant, since he is “dying anyway.”

But that’s not the behavior Sanders was talking about. Instead, she decried the fact that media outlets were privy to the comment at all, since it was leaked by a colleague in the administration.

In the following days, Sanders lectured her staff about the danger of leaks, using the same words she did in the “Fox & Friends” interview to describe the behavior: “disgusting.” We know about that lecture because, after Sanders finished grilling them on the unprofessionalism of leaking to reporters, five members of the staff did exactly that.

“I am sure this conversation is going to leak, too. And that’s just disgusting,” Sanders said, according to five different people who were there.

Now, Sanders is broadcasting that message on live television, perhaps hoping that a public shaming will be more effective than a private one.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to work for the president and to be part of his administration, and anybody who betrays that is a total and complete coward, and they should be fired,” Sanders said on “Fox & Friends.”

The irony here is that an administration that plays with the values of nationalism is compensating due to a loyalty problem. Notably, Trump has requested loyalty pledges from people working under him, floated the idea of having military parades, and built his policy platform on rhetoric that championed nationalistic gestalt. But it seems the lady doth protest too much, since the administration’s insistence on solidarity betrays a fundamental insecurity that they don’t have it.

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