Here’s one conservative woman who won’t be getting on the Sarah Huckabee Sanders political bandwagon.


Amanda Carpenter, a CNN contributor who once worked for Sen. Ted Cruz, writes for Politico that Sanders joined others in the Trump campaign in smearing her during the 2016 presidential race. She said Trump people helped encourage a National Enquirer insinuation that she’d had an affair with Cruz.

As so often happens when a woman is unfairly attacked, the burden fell on me to clear my name. It was an absolutely infuriating position to be in, but I was not about to be driven from the public space over something that had never happened. Trump supporters wanted nothing more than to force me, a committed NeverTrumper, off the air. So, I went back on television to defend myself, sitting for an interview with Jake Tapper to discuss the harrowing episode. It was the hardest day of my entire professional life—and it was made even more painful by Sanders.


That afternoon, Sanders happened to be scheduled for an interview with Tapper as well and was asked about fake news her campaign was pushing. Sanders, a wife, a mother, a conservative, a Christian and a political staffer—just like I am—twisted the knife. She intoned that it was my responsibility to clean up and shifted the blame, saying, “For the sake of both Amanda and Senator Cruz’s family, I think that they should fight back and sue the National Enquirer on this false story.” She also claimed to have no knowledge of what Scavino had done. Then, she chalked up the entire thing to the scummy business of politics at large and slammed Cruz’s team as “one of the dirtiest and nastiest campaigns out there.”


So much for conservative women supporting each other. Forgive me if I mute every tweet from her female admirers wondering why Sanders isn’t getting glowing magazine spreads and fawning red carpet commentary from the female press. If she wanted women to support women, she had the chance. She passed. No wonder people are passing on her.

Apart from Carpenter’s own experience, there’s also Sanders’ record as press secretary.


The barrage of lies she told from the White House podium would disqualify her from any industry but politics.

Sanders last-day remark that she left the White House with her “head held high” drew enormous blowback, given her job performance. See Soledad O’Brien’s comment at top, for one.