Sarah Huckabee Sanders plans to write book ahead of possible Arkansas gubernatorial bid: report

The book will reportedly be written as Sanders joins the speaking circuit and moves south to Arkansas this August

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published July 1, 2019 11:27AM (EDT)

Donald Trump; Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AP/Susan Walsh/Getty/Chip Somodevilla)
Donald Trump; Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AP/Susan Walsh/Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

President Donald Trump's former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, plans to record her experiences working in the White House in a new book.

The upcoming title will reportedly be written as Sanders joins the speaking circuit and moves south to Arkansas this August. Friday was her last day at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

"The book will be billed as an account of her life in politics and experience inside the Trump administration, which she sees as very positive," Axios reports. "Sanders plans to relax with her family in July, and she will help with Trump's re-election campaign."

Axios also coyly hinted at a possible Sanders run for governor of Arkansas in 2022, citing a recent Associated Press report on the same subject. That article said that Sanders was in the "enviable position" of having Trump's implied support for a gubernatorial bid, being the daughter of a former governor — Mike Huckabee, who served in that role for ten years — and being a household name for her role in the White House.

As a conservative Republican running in a red state, Sanders would have considerable advantages over potential opponents — although her high-profile candidacy could also invite Democrats to try to pick up a state they would normally count out.

Trump himself pitched a gubernatorial bid from Sanders as he announced his former press secretary's impending departure from the White House.

In a pair of tweets, Trump said that "after 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas...."

He added, "....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!"

When introducing Sanders to the crowd as he launched his 2020 re-election campaign, the president said, "A woman who has been so good, so talented, so wonderful and we’re sort of going to be losing, I have a feeling she’s going to be running for a certain gubernatorial position."

He added, "But a woman who’s a special woman ⁠— and her father, by the way, he’s out there fighting for us all the time ⁠— Sarah Huckabee Sanders."

Sanders quickly curried the president's favor by emerging as a strong-willed press secretary, in stark contrast to her predecessor Sean Spicer. She frequently criticized the press for what she claimed was unfair treatment of the president. In a December 2017 press conference, she said, "There's a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people ⁠— something that happens regularly."

She added, "You can't say that it's an honest mistake when you're purposefully putting out information that you know to be false or when you're taking information that hasn't been validated — that hasn't been offered any credibility and that has been continually denied by a number of people, including people with direct knowledge of an instance."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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