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How Sarah Sanders became Trump s liar-in-chief

The White House press secretary’s calm under intense pressure – and serial fibbing – has given the president’s administration a very effective, female public faceOne of the earliest photos from the Trump presidency set the look – or so we thought back then – of the weird new world in which we all found ourselves. It showed the then freshly inaugurated Potus signing the global gag rule, which states that the US will remove funding for any overseas organisation that offers abortions. Watching Donald Trump sign this order was, notoriously, a ring of men: Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, and so on. This, we assumed in the comparatively innocent era of early 2017, was what the Trump presidency itself would look like: patriarchal, male, anti-female. And yet one of the strangest and most striking elements of Trump’s administration is that, second only to the limelight-loving president himself, the most public faces of this administration have been women.First it was his daughter Ivanka Trump, the woman who claims to care so much about families that she works for a president who will be remembered for his cruel family separation policy. Then it was Kellyanne Conway, the counsellor to the president, who coined the handy euphemism “alternative facts” – better known as lies. And now it’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary since July 2017, who has assumed centre stage as Trump’s most effective patriarchal footsoldier. Continue reading...

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