Sara Huckabee Sanders, then-President Donald Trump’s first White House press secretary, was one of his administration’s most beloved officials, as she made clear again on Friday during a “Fox & Friends” interview.
Sanders, who is running for governor of Arkansas after being backed by Trump following in her dad’s footsteps, took outgoing press secretary Jen Psaki to task over her “mind-boggling hypocrisy” in regards to reports that leftists plan to harass conservative Supreme Court justices at their homes.
Her criticism comes amid threats by left-wing groups to show up at the homes of those justices after they reportedly signed on to a draft ruling written in February by Justice Samuel Alito overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in all states.
The White House so far has refused to condemn those organizations or defend the justices and the country’s judicial process.
“It’s truly mind-boggling to see the hypocrisy of the left. I was constantly asked to condemn every action that ever took place anywhere in the country and yet, this White House never seems to step up and do that,” she said.
Fox News adds:
The White House on Thursday declined to encourage abortion activists to avoid protesting at the private residences of Supreme Court justices as outrage over a leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade grows.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden understands and shares the outrage over the news that the Supreme Court may vote to undo Roe, which essentially legalized abortion nationwide.
“The president, for all those women, men, others who feel outraged, who feel scared, who feel concerned, he hears them, he shares that concern and that horror that he saw in that draft opinion,” Psaki said.
On Thursday, Fox News’ White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki if she thought the harassment of justices was “extreme.”
“Do you think that progressive activists that are now planning protests outside some of the justice’s houses are extreme?” he asked
“Peaceful protest? No, peaceful protest is not extreme,” Psaki responded.
“Some of these justices have young kids,” Doocy fired back. “Their neighbors are not all public figures. So would the president think about waving off activists who want to go into residential neighborhoods in Virginia and Maryland?”
Psaki said, “I think our view here is that peaceful protests — there’s a long history in the United States in the country of that. And we’ve certainly encouraged people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence.”
Doocy pressed: “These activists posted a map with the home addresses of the Supreme Court justices. Is that the kind of thing the president wants to help your side make their point?”
“The president’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document,” she said.
“We obviously want people’s privacy to be respected. We want people to protest peacefully if they want to protest. That is certainly what the president’s view would be.”
As for Sanders, she praised the conservative justices for apparently standing fast in the past.
“The good thing is that we have seen most of these justices through their confirmation process try to be intimidated and they didn’t back down. They stuck to their guns. And I hope they will continue to do that. Hold their resolve and push forward and that we will see every life in this country protected,” she said.