The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump thinks that his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is weak for not walking out of the White House Correspondents Dinner back in April, and that he is planning on “grading her” on how she looks on TV. With Sarah already contemplating an exit from the White House, this report may give her the courage necessary to walk away from her toxic employer. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


According to a new New York Times article where they spoke to insiders at the White House, those closest to Donald Trump, Donald Trump allegedly believes that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is incredibly weak because she refused to walk out of the recent White House Correspondents Dinner when Michelle Wolf made fun of her. So in Donald Trump’s book, you are weak if you sit there and take criticism and instead don’t throw a tantrum and walk out the door, never to be seen again. That is what constitutes weakness in Donald Trump’s book. Now here’s the thing. To her credit, Sarah Huckabee Sanders sat there during that White House Correspondents Dinner and took it. Yeah, she whined about it later. But she didn’t get up and walk out. She sucked it up and sat through the rest of the thing, as have other people in the past. I mean, hell, the whole reason Sarah Huckabee Sanders was up there was because Donald Trump was too afraid to attend that Correspondents Dinner in the first place. So yeah, you can attack Sarah Huckabee Sanders as weak on very many fronts. But this isn’t actually one of them.

If you want to call her weak, talk about how weak she is when she goes out there and faces the press every day and insults them and lies to them. That’s weakness. Weakness is not being able to stand up and tell the truth, even if it’s going to make you unpopular. But she is unwilling to do that. The New York Times article actually goes even further than that, though. It’s not just that he thinks she is weak. It’s that he has started asking other people in the White House how they perceive her. “What do you think about her? More importantly, what do you think she looks like on camera?” According to the sources in this New York Times article, Donald Trump said he is going to start grading Sarah Huckabee Sanders on her appearances on television. Now this is not shocking. We have known that Donald Trump praises members of his cabinet for how they look on TV, how they dress, how they present themselves, how they defend him. So it’s not surprising that he would want to do the same for Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

It is, however, a little bit beneath the office of the President to base your entire opinion on someone on how they look on TV, on how they sound on TV. But that’s what this Trump administration is. It is a very bad and very poorly rated reality show that unfortunately everybody in this country is being forced to watch.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced