A young reporter with Time for Kids asks Sarah Sanders about school shootings: "Can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?" The White House press secretary chokes up as she answers. https://t.co/jvlnrD1bkJ pic.twitter.com/Yit9s1jZ5l
— CNN (@CNN) May 30, 2018
It’s very interesting to watch the kind of people who work for Trump, himself now a quite famously “doesn’t really care about other people’s suffering” kind of individual, often bend themselves into pretzels in order to support his specific point of view. Trump and the GOP’s famously indifferent view on guns is an example of this kind of thing. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the person who even lied about the way she was made fun of for lying by Michelle Wolf, is famous for delivering the president’s message, and in the case of school shootings the message is clear: guns are extremely good, and teachers should be armed. However, one 13-year-old child’s question to Sarah Huckabee Sanders regarding shootings brought her to tears.
The 13-year-old, one Benje Choucroun, came to cover a White House fitness event and received an opportunity to ask a question during the White House press pool. Benje question was, as follows:
“At my school, we recently had a lockdown drill. One thing that affects my and other students’ mental health is the worry about the fact that we or our friends could be shot at school. Specifically, can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?”
I know how Sarah Sanders feels. I couldn't look my boys in the eye if I didn't do everything in my power to fight our epidemic of gun violence. It's why I volunteer for #Missouri @MomsDemand. It's why I'll #WearOrange June 1. But the crisis won't end until our leaders act. #moleg https://t.co/a7juoG56y8
— Kristin Bowen (@CoMo_Kristin) May 30, 2018
Hearing the question, Sarah Sanders got choked up and got as close to admitting as the Trump administration ever has before that something is very, very wrong in a world where children are terrified of going to school and getting shot. Sanders replied, visibly touched, saying: “So, I’m sorry that you feel that way. This administration takes it seriously and the school safety commission that the president convened is meeting this week… to discuss the best ways forward and how we can do every single thing within our power to protect kids in our schools and to make them feel safe and make their parents feel good about dropping them off.”
For the kid who asked the question of Sarah Sanders, about what they’re doing to keep them safe in schools, let me give you an answer since Sanders didn’t:
They’re doing nothing. Nothing.
They have, however, done things that loosen gun laws. But the answer is nothing. Nothing.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 30, 2018
The empathy feels like a new touch for the administration and is a reminder that as much as these stories of people suffering, whether they are school shootings or immigrants, aren’t just headlines in a newspaper that fill a person’s need to stay informed or have an opinion. They’re real people with real problems who deserve to be protected. Here’s hoping that Sanders can remember how troubled she was by the idea of students being shot in school as the gun control issue continues to be discussed through the administration and beyond.
While she did not provide an answer to the boy’s question that showed any solutions, her show of emotion betrayed that she may not think this is, in fact, an acceptable way to behave (maybe).
I don’t care that Sarah Sanders “chokes up,” I care that she doesn’t have an answer to this boy’s question. https://t.co/npEO6zgTwN
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) May 30, 2018
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