Sanders took to Twitter on Friday to say farewell. The daughter of Baptist minister, former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, posted:
“Today I’ll walk out the gates of the White House for the last time as Press Secretary with my head held high. It’s been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to work with President [Donald Trump] and his amazing team the last three and a half years. You’re the best…Thank you!”
Today I’ll walk out the gates of the White House for the last time as Press Secretary with my head held high. It’s been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to work with President @realDonaldTrump and his amazing team the last three and a half years. You’re the best…Thank you! pic.twitter.com/6H0uyMRtFX
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 28, 2019
Sanders repeated President Donald Trump’s claim that she held the position for 3 1/2 years, but Sanders became Press Secretary in July 26, 2017, making her tenure a month shy of two years.
I am blessed and forever grateful to @realDonaldTrump for the opportunity to serve and proud of everything he’s accomplished. I love the President and my job. The most important job I’ll ever have is being a mom to my kids and it’s time for us to go home. Thank you Mr. President! https://t.co/wHNnq06AMg
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 13, 2019
Neither explained why they keep referring to 3 1/2 years as press secretary, but Sanders did work on Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Sanders’ goodbye received a less than fond farewell. Many replied directly to Sanders.
Here’s someone who can hold their head high. pic.twitter.com/SpGtTU8W5w
— Alan Farago (@gimleteyeLA) June 28, 2019
Saying “with my head held high” let’s us know you’re aware of what you did and know you should be ashamed and you know how we all feel about you. I take comfort in knowing history will not be kind to you.
— Rosie (@glitter_rgsv) June 28, 2019
You should slither out with your head held low in shame.
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) June 28, 2019
How sad that the pinnacle of your achievements has been to be remembered as the WH L I A R. pic.twitter.com/65cLOtukjL
— 1finekitty VOTED BLUE ❄️🌊🔜 (@1finekitty) June 28, 2019
Best liar ever to hold the job. Even you couldn’t stomach it any longer, huh?
— Steve Blum (@blumspew) June 28, 2019
Just leave. Nobody cares. You sucked and won’t be missed.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) June 28, 2019
— Fred Himes Jr. (@BigChiefBuckeye) June 28, 2019
One last lie on the way out the door
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) June 28, 2019
…. you should put your head down. Cause, you know, the whole “lying sack of shit” thing.
— Rachel Fine (@RachelFine) June 28, 2019
You have brought shame to the proud Huckabee na- (nvm)
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) June 28, 2019
Good luck back in Possum Hallow pic.twitter.com/WTOXl5LFzn
— Dwayne Wills (@unicornwcats) June 28, 2019
People wondered what life after the White House would be like for Sanders.
We should make it impossible for Sarah Sanders (or anyone who has ever worked in service of the Trump administration) to return to public life.
Good luck finding somewhere to eat guacamole, liar. https://t.co/apcbnpe5lR
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 28, 2019
Accused Rapist’s Liar will look real bangin’ on the ole resume.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) June 28, 2019
— RebelCo (@SmurfibleCook) June 28, 2019
At least she doesnt have to go far to get home: pic.twitter.com/XqMgpFf5Ig
— Rashida D (@RashidaD14) June 28, 2019
We have different definitions of what kind of behavior merits “holding your head high” History will not be kind to you.
— Rabbi Jill Zimmerman (@RabbiJill) June 28, 2019
And if she asks why her food is taking so long, don’t answer her question but instead complain about how rude and unfair the customers are to the wait staff.
— Ishkur (@Ishkur23) June 28, 2019
Some did say goodbye however.
Farewell and good riddance to our liar-in-chief’s associate liar. You have served effectively to diminish our country’s morals and credibility in the eyes of the world!#FarewellMSPiggy pic.twitter.com/Dlz4PoHdiz
— Arnie Geller (@ArnieMGeller) June 28, 2019
Thanks for all the lies Sarah! Good luck in your next Con
— fins5512 (@fins5512) June 28, 2019
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out pic.twitter.com/algvqvQDCQ
— AO (@AOllie29) June 28, 2019
Huckabee Sanders exact plans for the future were not announced, however many speculate she may run for governor in Arkansas. President Trump brought her onstage during his 2020 presidential campaign kickoff MAGA rally in Orlando. His official announcement of Sanders leaving the White House also referenced her being the governor of Arkansas.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
One person did offer Sanders a parting gift however, something to remember her time in Washington DC.
Here’s a nice portrait to hang above your fireplace to remember those “great” times. pic.twitter.com/sldUkd2l2D
— Miss. Ann Thrope (@Canuckridergirl) June 28, 2019
White House correspondent April Ryan wrote about working at the White House with the Trump administration. Her book Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House is available here.