Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggests Trump treats male, female reporters equally – but not everyone agrees

Sarah Huckabee Sanders made an appearance at Politico’s Women Rule Summit in Washington, D.C., for a fireside chat with Politico reporter Eliana Johnson to discusse Sanders’s role in the White House and how she’s put her stamp on the role as press secretary. Sanders got herself in some hot water when touching on President Trump‘s treatment of female reporters, specifically: when she suggested that the president treats them no differently from male reporters, to ensure that they are treated as equals.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during Politico’s sixth annual Women Rule Summit at a hotel in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 11, 2018. (Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Johnson mentioned two instances of Trump’s “contentious interactions” with her female colleagues, in which he called one of them “a total loser,” and told another she asks “a lot of stupid questions.” When asked if that behavior is appropriate, Sanders said, “The president is certainly not singling out women.”

“Frankly, I think it’s actually a detriment when we do that,” the press secretary continued. “Women wanted to be treated equally, and we have a president that certainly does that.”

Naturally, online comments are divided over the statement, with some continuing to protest Huckabee’s response.

Others are acknowledging that she makes a fair point.

People also had a lot to say about Sanders’s response when asked about the legacy she hopes to leave when her time in the White House is up.

“I hope that it will be that I showed up every day and did the very best job that I could to put forward the president’s message,” she said. “To do the best job I could to answer questions, to be transparent and honest throughout that process, and to do everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before.”

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