Sarah Huckebee Sanders, President Donald Trump’s former White House press secretary, announced in a video her gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas on Monday morning.
“With the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense,” Sanders said. “In fact, your governor must be on the front line. So today I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas.”
The former Trump official railed against “socialism” and painted herself as a victim of “the far left and their allies at CNN and the New York Times.”
She also tied her candidacy to Trump’s action while in office, describing how she had been “at the table” with the former president.
Sanders departed from the White House in June 2019. Around that time, she was reportedly already putting out feelers for a potential gubernatorial bid, following the footsteps of her father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).
Trump signaled his approval for her potential campaign at the time he announced her departure.
“I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic,” he tweeted.
As White House press secretary, Sanders spun the Trump administration’s border policy of separating migrant kids from their families as “very biblical” and admitted to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that she had lied to the press about FBI officials’ support for Trump’s firing of ex-FBI director James Comey.