Cheap Sarcasm (w/Apologies to The Hill)

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President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., 28 June 2017. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo/File)

Would someone please correct me, as I’m wrong?

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied Friday that former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush were referring to President Trump when they warned in separate speeches Thursday about politicians sowing anger and division in the country.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Photo)“Our understanding is that those comments were not directed towards the president and, in fact, when these two individuals, both past presidents, have criticized the president, they’ve done so by name and very rarely do it without being pretty direct, as both of them tend to be,” Sanders said. “So we will take them at their word that these actions and comments were not directed at the president.”

(Easley)

The thing is, I’m loath to pick on The Hill, this time around, but perhaps someone accidentally edited out the part where White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders actually quoted or cited former Presidents Bush and Obama when claiming to “take them at their word”.

That is to say, she didn’t just make it up, right?

Honestly, something goes here about how, y’know, I don’t really need to explain the appearance fallacy because it is so glaring, right?

I mean, y’know, right? Nay? Raise your hand. Speak up if you need it explained.

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Image note: Top — President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., 28 June 2017. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)  Right — Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

Easley, Jonathan. “White House: Bush, Obama were not criticizing Trump in speeches”. The Hill. 20 October 2017.

Sanders, Sarah Huckabee. “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders”. The White House Office of the Press Secretary. 20 October 2017.

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