Following reporter April Ryan’s call for Sarah Sanders to be fired, the White House press secretary is responding.
Ryan, a CNN contributor and correspondent for National Urban Radio Networks, made her comments last week following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Citing evidence that Sanders misled reporters in the wake of former FBI Director James Comey, Ryan asserted that she has lost her credibility.
“She outright lied and the people, the American people, can’t trust her,” Ryan said. “They ca’t trust what’s said from the president’s mouthpiece, from the people’s house.”
She used the phrase “lopping the heads off” in reference to firing the press secretary. Both Sanders and her father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, apparently took the statement literally.
In a series of tweets, Ryan went after Huckabee, claiming that he has made similarly figurative threats against her in the past.
Sanders picked up her father’s line of accusation.
“I have had reporters say a lot of things about me,” she said on Monday. “They said I should be choked. I should deserve a lifetime of harassment. I certainly never had anybody say I should be decapitated.”
Calling the incident a “new low for liberal media,” she went after Ryan directly.
“I think it just once again proves why this journalist is not taken seriously,” Sanders said.
She went on to allege that the reporter is “looking for a couple more minutes on TV.”