In a statement on Monday night, former President Donald Trump bestowed his first post-presidency endorsement to one of his most loyal soldiers: his former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders announced that she is running for governor of Arkansas, a race that will put her against fellow Republicans Tim Griffin (the current lieutenant governor) and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
“Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a warrior who will always fight for the people of Arkansas and do what is right, not what is politically correct. Sarah is strong on Borders, tough on Crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers,” Trump wrote. “She loves our Military and Veterans – and her home state of Arkansas. Sarah will be a GREAT governor and she has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
Sanders may not have the immediate Arkansas political pedigree of her opponents, but with this endorsement – to say nothing of the extraordinarily high amount of name recognition she brings to the race – she has to be thought of as the early favorite.
“America is great because we are free, but today our freedom and the rule of law are under attack. I was the first White House press secretary to require Secret Service protection because of a credible, violent threat against me. We’ve seen violence in our streets, at a congressional baseball practice and at our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans,” Sanders said in a video announcing her candidacy.
“To remain free, we must have law and order and resolve our differences peacefully,” she continued. “The radical left’s solution is to impose government control and censorship from the top down. But their socialism and cancel culture will not heal America, it will only further divide and destroy us. Everything we love about America is at stake, and with the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the front line, so today I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas and ask for your prayers and your support.”
Sanders said that her experience at the national level had prepared her for the true evils facing Americans from the left.
“As governor, I will defend your right to be free from socialism and tyranny, your 2nd Amendment right to keep your family safe, and your freedom of speech and religious liberty. Our state needs a leader with the courage to do what’s right, not what’s politically correct or convenient. I took on the media, the radical left, and their cancel culture – and I won,” Sanders said. “As governor, I will be your voice and never let them silence you.”