A number of members of the White House press corps have called for Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to be removed.  Last year, I penned a commentary suggesting that it was then time to replace her. It is now well past the time.

To be perfectly clear, my opinion has nothing to do with the highly politicized reasons given by some of the most disreputable members of the White House scribblers. For them, Sanders is just another person surrounding Trump who should be demonized by the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement within the Fourth Estate.

When it comes to anyone not buying into their pernicious and persistent anti-Trump narrative, the media weapon of choice is character assassination.  That is why their contempt and hatred goes beyond Trump and members of his administration to the more than 100 million Americans who they derogatorily refer to as “Trump’s base.”

While they see evil in the work of Sanders, I do not.   I think she is a very good person doing a very difficult job – made more difficult by many members of a press corps with all the characteristics of a pack of political jackals.

My reason for replacing Sanders is much more compassionate of the person – but unimpressed with the job she has been doing for quite a long time.  I do believe she is doing the best she can, but she is not suited for that role.

It has long been my impression that she is on the defensive too often – and not good even at that.  She does not take command of the podium, but rather pushes back occasionally by engaging in what can only be described as bickering. She has a so’s-your-old-man level of engagement that does not put her above the fray.  In the defensive mode, she is not persuasive – looking more like a fighter on the ropes.

She may respond, but often does not sell her points effectively – and too often walks into traps set by the more antagonistic members of the White House press corps.  She also lacks a sense of humor – even mocking humor.  She has no flair for the put-down that is essential in verbal combat.  It is the old issue of not what you say, but how you phrase it.

She would do well to learn from President Reagan, who could use both humor and anger with devastating effect.  Reagan at the podium was a joy to watch and hear.  Sanders elicits more of a wincing pain.

Oddly, the person who seems to have the best attributes for the role of presidential press secretary is Anthony Scaramucci, who survived in the job as White House Communications Director for a mere 10 days because of in-house political intrigue – not his innate communications ability.  He still appears regularly on various cable news shows – and remains one of the more articulate and effective defenders and representatives of President Trump and administration policies.

The only reason not to replace Sanders immediately is the fact that it would be interpreted as a chest-pounding victory of the members of the Resistance Movement within the press corps.  But it should happen as we get into the headwinds of the 2020 presidential campaign.

So, there ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

55 thoughts on “The time is coming for Trump to replace Sarah Sanders”
  1. You my friend must be an anti-Trumper. Those who support President Trump also love Sara Sanders.

  2. SARA IS ONE OF THE BEST OF THE MANY. the pile of sharks in the press corps is one of the largest collections of arrogant assholes ever assembled anywhere. the word-twisting that is originated here is beyond belief, how this crap is ever repeated on the air is a sad reminder of just how far the news media has fallen. they demand the spotlight,then scream bullshit to all that will listen hopefull of someone actually listening to them and their twisted crap that they put out for news. cnn are you listening????????

  3. Larry Horrist: You are to “compassion” what anorexia is to nutrition and a healthy diet.

  4. I think she is great. Go push replacing her some place else. The White House press makes me sick. GO Trump.

  5. Sanders is masterful at what she does, and virtually unflappable. She drives the pack of Jackals called the “White House Press Corps” CRAZY !! I must say I DO miss “Spicey” and his style of “Angry Pit Bull” wonderfully satired on SNL, but Ms. Sanders gets her point across in a much more subtle way.


  6. Press Secretary has to be one of the toughest jobs on the planet. Sarah does a great job, Period.
    Are there others that can inject quick wit and have a more jovial attitude, perhaps. BUT as EVERY word you utter is measured, these comedians can cause more issues. I challege ANYONE to do that job for one session. Not enough money on the planet.

  7. No… replacing a class act like Sara would not benefit anyone, she’s as frustrated as the rest of us by the ridiculous press at the White House and shows her frustration for all to see! Our media is a laughing stock around the country, if anyone needs to go its CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc! We need true reporters, not jokes telling lies! Sara needs to STAY!

  8. I agree for the most part. I think she actually has done a better job than her predecessor, Seam Spier. I think her father, Gov Huckabee, would do well. I agree with you on Scaramucci. (However, the White House press core in general, has become so dusgusting & like vultures instead of prifessional journalists…this should have been nipped in the bud LONG ago). How…giving ONE clear admonition & the resultant effects if it was not honored. Neither side has done any favors to the listening public. They both have been inept at their jobs & responsibilities & have allowed this to become a circus. It is a mirror image of the incivility & disrespect we see daily in the culture.

  9. Sara is as good as they come. Given the “animosity” of the press corps ,she’s doing as good if not better than most !

  10. sorry about the weird spelling mistakes above…I proofread, but still there are some weird things in the post.

  11. SARA is doing a great job ! it’s time for the liberal media to “shut UP!” It’s time for the Republicans and Conservatists and American patriots to stand up and fight back. Enough of this BS ! The mainstream media, the left and the Democrats are disgusting and are un-American and socialists.
    If we’re not careful, they will take over and our country’s democracy as we know it will be gone !
    FREEDOM OF SPEECH is in jeopardy ! GO Sara !!

  12. Sarah Sanders is very good at her job! She does what she has to do ,dealing with a wolf gang media who only want to snag her and put her down!!
    Let her do her job and stop judging her! You are not GOD!! Let’s join rather than divide!!

  13. I’ve always thought that she has pretty much held own for most part, I believe she is up against George Sores and the DNC’s best paid assassin’s they can find, they twist facts, words, situations, and flat out lie on Mrs. Sanders, she is an honorable person, and to have theses ghetto trash Media’s, bashing her Is the most disgraceful, and dishonorable, thing I have ever seen here in America, the Media’s are a pack of wolves looking for blood,, and it’s Conservative blood, they don’t care that the liberals are destroying America, because if This ever gets investigated, I’m sure you’ll find the DNC is their employer, when it come to the dismantling of the Trump’s Conservatives. I’m a Veteran, and fought for this Country, not DNC or Republican but for America itself, and this is the first time I have ever said I’m ashamed of America’s and it’s choices in our Liberal Congress, they are so unAmerican, you would think your in Communist North Korea.

  14. What “awaiting moderation” means ? I’m a surgeon not versed in such lingo !

  15. KEEP Sarah Sanders, She is doing a GREAT job. Dems know she not a pushover..Mr President keep Sarah…..

  16. I have left one message already, but evidently I stepped on some sore toes and it didn’t get posted, I believe Sara is a very honorable and honest hard working person, but I feel and believe she is butting heads with certain Trash Media’s best paid characters assassins , you know who they are, I also believe some of George Sores Money is in this pot. It’s amazing how they can twist Sara’s , or any Conservatives words and distort their meaning is a practiced profession, which I’m sure they get well paid for, I’m a Veteran and I have fought for Country, not the DNC or the REP. Party’s but For All Americans, and this is the first time I will say to the public, I’m ashamed of how our Congress is trying to destroy America as we know it now, Land of the free. I do believe in President Trump also, and if you love America, it’s Trump 2020 otherwise you will think your living in North Korea after a year , keep up the good work Sara!!!!

  17. AMEN!! Thank you! WELL SAID!! Sarah is doing her job & in my opinion she’s a better person than I would be trying to answer some of the ridiculous questions asked by some of the most biased arrogant people especially with CNN?

  18. Sara is the best we’ve had in years. They want her replaced because she’s not a pushover. She drives them nuts, God I love her!!! Keep her Mr. President, she’s the best you’ve got.

  19. I can’t believe that you have the time on your hands to even write something this meaningless and actually get paid to do it. Whoever you work for should think about replacing you. Because she my friend is fanfuckintaskic unlike you, you suck and if you had only a once of the knowledge she has then ppl would actually read you bs. But because you suck you will never advance any farther than you are right now. And I’m wondering how the hell you got this far? So stfu and leave Sarah alone. Your opinion is irrelevant


  21. Joe you are a worthless piece of excrement. I am 81 years old and never read a worthy story you have written. Go back to your knitting; You may be more proficient at that!

  22. Sarah Sanders gives back, what she gets. SHE IS THE BEST ONE EVER FOR THIS JOB!!!

  23. Sarah Sanders, is the bright spot on the Trump team. The fake news core should be ignored!! Including you Larry Horse

  24. I think you are a crazy liberal that needs to go stick their head in a tub of bleach to cleans your brain of all your filth you espouse on Sarah Sanders. She’s a dedicated servant of the people.

  25. Anthony Scaramucci? One of the most arrogant, “in your face” political personalities, definitely NOT Press Secretary material. Larry Horrist, you want a good role model? Try Tony Snow, or Pierre Salinger. Sara does just fine negotiating the shark-infested press corps waters, she is an effective communicator doing a good job!

  26. I agree she should stay. She doesnt take any crap from the press.Very intertaining

  27. Keep Sarah – she’s terrific! Get RID of April Bitch and What’s his name – ASSHOLE permanently. That will scare the rest which is sorely needed. Momma didn’t teach them manners and should stop asking the same question endlessly when it’s already been answered – endlessly. Press Corps is such a misleading term.

  28. Exactly!! She has done a superb job: she can be tough as nails when required or truthful as a choirboy. She is a definite asset in the White House and the nation.

  29. I Thank she does a remarkably good job to put up with some of the
    trash that is delivered by the press that she has to listen too

  30. Who cares what the white house press core think.they are a bunch of idiots.

  31. She works for President Trump…………you do not say whether she stays or go. Go search the Democrats for a story. You can find plenty stories there!


  33. She is doing a great job and should stay, your saying that should remain at what she is doing!

  34. I’m sorry to have to disagree with you, but it seems to me that Sarah Sanders is the perfect person for the job. I think president Trump should offer her the job in 2020 if she’ll take it. You’ve gotta have thick skin for that job, and I sure wouldn’t want it. But out president is not a slick talker like Bill Clinton, a skilled actor like Reagan, or a teleprompter reader like Obama. He’s a “Speak from the heart” (even when it’s not grammatically correct) kind of guy. He can be irreverent and bombastic, sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes it’s a bad thing. But that’s the point, a lot of Americans were so sick of politicians and their double speak that they just wanted someone to give them the straight truth. We know we won’t always get the EXACT truth, a lot of what happens in government is kept secret for good reason. A press secretary is basically tasked with finding the best way to give answers like; I don’t know, None of your business, When we know- you’ll know, What a dumb question, I’ve already answered that question 5 times, You’d have to refer that question to…(the president’s personal lawyer, the chief of staff, whatever). The fact is, Sarah replies much like President Trump would if he were the one answering the questions. Watching some of the press conferences, I can almost hear Trump saying, “You tell ’em Sarah”” LOL I think I could count on one hand, the people who could do a better job than Sarah, and I’d have fingers left over. But that’s just my humble opinion.

  35. She has done such a great job, I think she should receive a lifetime appointment!

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