Phillip Bump Compares Turkey’s 5 Hours of On-Camera Time With Sarah Sanders’s Zero Time at the Podium in November

Oh boy.

It’s nearly Thanksgiving and on Tuesday the White House held its annual turkey pardon (I know, I know, I know). But the following little tidbit makes today’s event even more ridiculous.

ABC’s Alex Mallin noticed something striking; the turkey pardoned by President Donald Trump spent more time in the White House briefing room in November than Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The turkey, White House photographer Jabin Botsford told Philip Bump of The Washington Post, spent five minutes at the podium in the White House briefing room.

Sanders – throughout the entire month of November – has spent zero time up there. None. Zilch. Bump made a graph so that the data would be easy to see.

Philip Bump/WaPo

The gaggle of journalists reportedly enjoyed the company of the bird.

“The bird quickly put the members of the press at ease, though,” wrote Bump, “by treating them as they’d come to expect in that room: eyeing them skeptically, answering no questions and leaving after only a few minutes.”


Sadly for Sanders, Twitter prefers the turkey.

Remember the new rules though: no tough questions and no follow-ups. The turkey does not have the time.

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