In exchanges with reporters regarding a roundly denounced tweets President Donald Trump sent out earlier in the day, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday afternoon defended the president by saying Trump won the presidency "overwhelmingly" (which is simply not true) and that the American people "knew exactly what they were getting" when they put him in the Oval Office.
Though critics across the political spectrum criticized Trump's comments about MSNBC news anchor Mika Brezinski as "sexist" and "vile" (among other descriptors), Huckabee Sanders dismissed the idea that the president acted "beneath the dignity" of his office, claiming instead that he was the victim of "merciless" coverage by media figures. "When he gets attacked, he's going to hit back," she said.
"The American People elected a Fighter!"— TRUMP WORLD (@Trump_World) June 29, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on MSM continuous biased coverage. pic.twitter.com/jsXXlCCqUb
For many, the line of defense did not go over well.
In a separate claim, Huckabee Sanders claimed that President Trump "in no way, form, or fashion has ever encouraged any form of violence." That also led to some quick fact-checking among journalists.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "The president in no way, form, or fashion has ever encouraged any form of violence."— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 29, 2017
Fact check: pic.twitter.com/WN2kqY0u2L