White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that President Donald Trump wasn’t lying when he tweeted that he “never pushed” House Republicans to vote for the recent immigration bills Goodlatte 1 or 2, despite a tweet just days before urging them to do exactly that.
“Why would the president lie about something like that?” asked Matt Nusbaum of Politico.
“He didn’t. The president has talked all along, we’ve laid out the priorities and the principles that we support, that we wanted to see reflected in legislation.”
The President’s own words prove Sanders’ claim demonstrably false:
HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON’T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE. PASSAGE WILL SHOW THAT WE WANT STRONG BORDERS & SECURITY WHILE THE DEMS WANT OPEN BORDERS = CRIME. WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018
Matthew Nussbaum, the reporter who asked Sanders the question originally, took to Twitter, remarking that even the White House transcript of the press conference included Trump’s original ALL CAPS tweet construction:
Video footage from the briefing caught the moment Sanders was challenged on her lie:
Watch this reporter pull out the receipts on Trump's blatant immigration bill lie — right to Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ face pic.twitter.com/Ai295Nn8fG
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 3, 2018
Others, like Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York Magazine, also called out Sanders on her lie.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders says “he didn’t” when asked why Donald Trump lied about lobbying for the immigration bill that he definitely, 100% lobbied for. Sarah’s claim is disproved by the president’s own tweets.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) July 2, 2018
Once again the president lies; and his press secretary, Sarah Sanders, echoes the lie. This is part of Trump's ongoing effort to annihilate truth; and it's what Havel had in mind when he warned about those who "live within a lie" and "falsify everything." https://t.co/ALzQUIN0Xp
— Peter Wehner (@Peter_Wehner) July 2, 2018
This is sick, why defend the lie when his own tweets show he’s lying. Now she’s lying abt his lie, it just gets worse & worse.
Sarah Sanders Defends Trump's Lie About Not Pushing Republicans to Vote For Immigration Bill – Newsweek https://t.co/wCfhKXmtBY
— Eric Foster (@efoster_eric) July 3, 2018
The Goodlatte 2 bill, a supposed compromise to the hard right Goodlatte 1 which was opposed by moderate Republicans, failed in the House last week after losing the support of over 100 House Republicans. Trump’s insistence that the Democrats in the Senate would not let the bill pass the 60 votes needed for a bill to proceed past debate could be perceived as the president’s way of attempting to gain momentum in his calls to end the filibuster.
Twitter was quick to call him out.
Then what was this you lying sack of testicles? https://t.co/Mrd2kEY2ZK
— AltNSA (@AltNatSecAgency) June 30, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump tweeted this 3 days ago. This is not fake news, this is real. I don't think he's even deleted it yet. This is proof that this man lies to you, to me, to all of us. He is trying to divide us but we have to stick together as Americans against his lies. #TrumpLies pic.twitter.com/ZRCvgBnkuP
— Mary E. McGlynn (@MaryEMcGlynn) July 1, 2018
— danindura (@danindura) July 1, 2018
Either you are bluntly lying to save face or you are experiencing dementia at your age. Check your June 27 tweet below Mr. President. You encouraged Republican congress to pass the Goodlatte bill and seemed full aware of what it was. Americans should ALWAYS fact check you.
— Janice H. (@janicehoward201) July 2, 2018
But Sanders is more skilled at spinning than a boomerang. It didn’t take long for her to whip up an explanation.