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Sarah Huckabee Sanders at FOX News' studios in New York City in 2019. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

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.
A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

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."

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