Sanders touts "uplifting" book on "Fox & Friends," even though it chronicles struggles against "mob"

Sanders unveiled a photograph of her upcoming book for the first time on President Trump's favorite morning show

By Matthew Rozsa
January 15, 2020 1:19PM (UTC)
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In this March 8, 2017, photo, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands in front of the White House in Washington. Faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president’s wiretapping claims, Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t flinch, she went folksy. The 34-year-old spokeswoman for President Donald Trump was schooled in hardscrabble politics, and down-home rhetoric, from a young age by her father, folksy former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP)

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders promised that her memoir would be an "uplifting story" to the co-hosts of "Fox & Friends," even though it will take on such topics as "being attacked by the liberal mob" and getting "kicked out of restaurants."

Sanders, perhaps unsurprisingly, unveiled a photograph of her upcoming book for the first time during a Wednesday appearance on the favorite morning show of her former boss: President Donald Trump.


"It's a story of the kind of historic presidency that we have all been a part of, but I got a front row seat of two and a half years working side by side with the president, sitting in the Situation Room across the table from Kim Jong-Un," Sanders told "Fox & Friends." "I talk about some of that experience, as well as the experience of being attacked by the liberal mob and the White House Correspondents Dinner, kicked out of restaurants and everything in between."

Though the book will clearly air Snders' grieveances with the media — the co-hosts of "Fox & Friends" made light of CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, whose press pass was temporarily revoked under Sanders — she promises it will be an triumphant chronicle of history.

"I think it's a great and uplifting story, and it's my story," Sanders said. "And I think it's the first really inside account of what's taken place over the last two and a half years inside the Trump White House."


The book is called "Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House."

During Wednesday's appearance, Sanders also offered her analysis of the Democratic presidential field, grading the party's latest debate Democratic debate as "awful."

"And I can't imagine any of these candidates going up against Donald Trump. This is like the AA minor leagues going up against the World Series champion," she said. "And, I mean, it is no comparison what I saw last night. I feel very good about the president's reelection in November."


The former White House press secretary also dismissed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a late entry to the field who did not qualify for Tuesday night's debate.

"Bloomberg's not even part of the discussion. He's not even on the debate stage," Sanders said. "I think it's hard to win the presidency when you're not part of the conversation right now. I don't see him being a heavy player in the conversation. I certainly don't think he can go toe-to-toe with this president. Look, I don't think you can buy the presidency."


During Trump's presidency, Sanders developed a reputation for being an outspoken critic of the media. In December 2017, she told reporters at a press conference that "there's a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposefully misleading the American people something that happens regularly. 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."

She added, "I'm speaking about the number of reports that have taken place over the last couple of weeks. I'm simply stating that there should be a certain level of responsibility in that process."

Sanders worked as Trump's press secretary from 2017 to 2019 and joined Fox News as a contributor in August. Trump previously stated his hope that Sanders would run for governor of Arkansas, a position that was once held by her father, Mike Huckabee.



Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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