White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against reports that President Donald Trump is mentally unstable by claiming people who do not support Trump are mentally unstable.
During an interview on Fox News, Sanders spoke out against author Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”:
Look, I think it’s absolutely insane to think all of these individuals, reporters and others, who suddenly have a medical degree and think that they can diagnose somebody, many times who they’ve never even had a conversation with.
Sanders, who does not have a medical degree, then diagnosed people who do not support Trump as being “mentally unstable”:
It’s absolutely outrageous to make these types of accusations, and it’s simply untrue, and it’s sad that people are going and making these desperate attempts to attack the president. What I think is really mentally unstable is people that don’t see the positive impact that this president is having on the country.
Sanders then claimed the U.S. is “crushing Isis” and credited Trump with the economy that is still under the policies of President Obama:
The economy is booming, we’re crushing ISIS, day after day things are getting better for Americans all over this country. And I think it’s really sad that these people don’t see that, and that they’re not celebrating and trying to join in the president’s efforts to turn our country around.
Michael D’Antonio, author of the biography “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success,” wrote on CNN.com how Wolff’s book rings true:
Wolff is at his more accurate, and incisive, when he observes that “many of the accounts” of events offered by the President’s team, “in Trumpian fashion, are baldly untrue.” He then argues for our indulgence as he tries to describe reality.
The President’s own lies and distortions, which are key features of his leadership style, make it impossible for anyone to rely on him and his aides in a normal way.
As a private citizen, Trump developed this squid-ink method so that he could sell himself like a human product. In falsely claiming that various starlets pursued him for dates, or the British royals were eying Trump real estate, he played a game with reality.
In a super-salesman, this habit was amusing. In a president, it is both frightening and dangerous. But while the distortion obscures Trump, it doesn’t make him invisible and Wolff has spotted the outlines of his target.