Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces run for governor of Arkansas
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced in a video Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.
The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic."
- Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.
- Sanders clashed frequently with the media during her time as press secretary, and admitted to special counsel Robert Mueller that she lied during a press conference about FBI agents losing confidence in former director James Comey.
What she's saying: Sanders made multiple references to "the media, the radical left and their cancel culture" in a 7-minute video announcing her run.
- "I was the first White House press secretary to require Secret Service protection because of a credible violent threat against me," Sanders said.
- "We've seen violence in our streets, at a Congressional baseball practice and at our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. To remain free we must have law and order and resolve our differences peacefully."