• Good for Her! Huckabee Sees a Need to Apologize — and Does!

    Surge Summary: Former Trump Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has apologized for mimicking a stutter while criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Her mea culpa was necessary and poses a helpful caution to fellow conservatives who might be tempted to sacrifice basic decency for an attempt to ding the political opposition.

    Following Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate,  an exchange between Sarah Huckabee Sanders and candidate Joe Biden is garnering some attention.

    After Biden demonstrated a stutter while talking about helping children … who struggle with stutters, former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted: “I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I hhhave absolutely no idea what Biden is talking about.” Biden fired back soon after the debate ended, the Guardian reports. “I’ve worked my whole life to overcome a stutter. And it’s my great honor to mentor kids who have experienced the same,” he tweeted. “It’s called empathy. Look it up.” [Newser/Rob Quinn]

    Per The Hill, former Trump Press Secretary Sanders, refreshingly and to her credit, apologized, saying: “I actually didn’t know that about you and that is commendable.”

    CBSNews.com elaborated:

    After facing harsh blowback on Twitter, Sanders clarified her comments, writing, “To be clear was not trying to make fun of anyone with a speech impediment. Simply pointing out I can’t follow much of anything Biden is talking about.” …

    Sanders then deleted her first two tweets, and responded directly to Biden. “I actually didn’t know that about you and that is commendable,” she wrote. “I apologize and should have made my point respectfully.”

    Again, good for Sanders. Her responsibility-taking admission was certainly necessary. Indeed, it is possible to level criticisms, to disagree with another’s viewpoint, while eschewing nastiness or cruelty.  The Lady from Arkansas seems to affirm as much and many on the Left, Right and In-Between could benefit from her example.

    Of course, the ideal would have been if the 37-year-old erstwhile member of the Trump administration had never sent out the lumpish social media posting in the first place.

    What was she thinking? Apparently, she wasn’t. Perhaps a bit too eager to “troll” or “own” the political opposition? On a purely practical level, her carelessness sends a helpful warning to fellow conservatives: Nothing is won by this kind of tasteless rhetoric – other than superfluous distractions from genuinely important matters, that is.

    Perhaps the oft-times boorish demeanor of Ms. Huckabee Sander’s former boss has rubbed off on her a smidgen? If so, it doesn’t suit her well – particularly as she pushes forward with worthwhile conservative causes.

    And as a professing Christian, she really ought to have known better — which is another reason her prompt concession that she blew it and attempt to straighten it out  was the proper way to go.

    H/T: Newser/Rob Quinn

    H/T: CBSNews.com

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