Sarah Sanders mocks Biden's stutter - then immediately backtracks after she's called out for it
Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly realized that making fun of somebody for having a stutter isn't a popular thing to do: nearly 70 million people suffer from this condition worldwide.
She thought she was being funny when she typed "I" on her keyboard several times addressed at former Vice President Joe Biden, before dishing out her typical Republican insult.
Biden has suffered from a stutter since he was 4 years-old. He's even consoled other stutterers at the American Institute for Stuttering while Vice President.
UPDATE: She was so ashamed by her comment, she deleted her tweet.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders just deleted this tweet. pic.twitter.com/xgkXA37QrV— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) December 20, 2019
It didn't take long for her to start backtracking on the comment. Just 12 minutes later, without apologizing, she had to tell people she wasn't making fun of his speech impediment at all she claims.
That's clearly a lie and anybody who saw her message knows this.
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. https://t.co/6rAf0MwgKL— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) December 20, 2019
After the debate was over, Biden saw her comment and personally responded:
"I’ve worked my whole life to overcome a stutter. And it’s my great honor to mentor kids who have experienced the same. It’s called empathy. Look it up."
Here are a few of the many, many responses she received, calling her out for her misstatement:
"You should read the new article in Christianity today. You might learn something."
"How would you? He is human. You on the other hand..."
"It's called empathy. Maybe you can find an actual Christian and ask them to explain it to you."
"Well, he was speaking about the stutter he has, and the experience of young people with stutters. So....your tweet is awful, but befitting of the nature of your heart."
We're surprised Sarah came out to talk at all. In her last several months in the White House she never even gave a press conference, and the new Press Secretary hasn't either. Her problem isn't her stutter, it's that she never talks when she's supposed to.