Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders to deliver GOP State of the Union rebuttal
Sarah Huckabee Sanders will deliver the Republicans’ rebuttal of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union next week, the congressional GOP leadership announced on Thursday.
The Arkansas governor, and Trump-era White House press secretary, has already solidified her spot as a firebrand by cracking down on the term ‘Latinx’ and vowing to enact policies some see as radical far-right.
This includes taking a page from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory as well as drag shows.
Sanders promised that her State of the Union (SOTU) response would ‘contrast the GOP’s optimistic vision for the future against the failures of President Joe Biden and the Democrats.’
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Thursday that Sanders was selected to deliver the Republican rebuttal on the evening of Tuesday, February 7.
Arkansas Governor and Trump-era White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was selected to deliver the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address next week
Biden will deliver his second State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, February 7. This year he will have new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy sitting behind him instead of Nancy Pelosi.
McCarthy urged Biden to ‘tune-in’ to her remarks rebuking the president’s own annual address in front of a joint session of Congress.
He also promoted Sanders’ remarks by praising her resume as the youngest US governor, the first female governor of Arkansas and the first instance of a father and daughter becoming governor of the same state.
Every year, the party not in power in the White House has one representative deliver a rebuttal SOTU address on the same day the president speaks to Congress, and their remarks are broadcast to the public.
Sanders, whose father is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, was Trump’s second White House press secretary, serving his presidency for two years from July 2017 to July 2019.
She gave a tearful goodbye at her last press briefing and at a rally with the then-president, claiming she was leaving to spend more time with her family and focus on her own career.
Around two years after joining Fox as a contributor in 2019, Sanders launched her gubernatorial candidacy in Arkansas in January 2021. She broke the state’s fundraising record by brining in more than $9million for her campaign.
She was a staunch anti-mask and anti-vaccine mandate candidate.
As one of the most conservative state leaders in the country, Sanders plans to enact a series of laws that would attack so-called ‘woke’ agendas.
In a statement announcing the remarks, Sanders promised her response would ‘contrast the GOP’s optimistic vision for the future against the failures of President Joe Biden and the Democrats’
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy promoted Sanders’ remarks, claiming Biden should ‘tune-in’
Sanders could sign as soon as this week a bill imposing restrictions on drag shows.
A spokesperson for Sanders, Alexa Henning, told The Washington Post that the proposal isn’t meant to be seen as a ban, but rather a way of protecting children from explicit content in such performances.
‘Only in the radical left’s woke dystopia is it not appropriate to protect kids,’ Henning added of the proposal to ban ‘sexually explicit drag shows.’
LGBTQ activists have claimed the bill could have harmful effects for the community.
On her first day in office on January 10, Sanders signed an executive order banning the term ‘Latinx’ from being used in the Arkansas state government after feedback from Hispanic leaders who said it wasn’t as coveted or inclusive a term as leftists have touted. .
Sanders said that constituents have called the term ‘ethnically insensitive’ and ‘pejorative.’
Sanders served as former President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary for two years from July 2017-July 2019.
Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona, who is running for Senate, tweeted in 2021 that his office was also not permitted to use the term in official communications.
‘When Latino politicians use the term it is largely to appease White rich progressives who think that is the term we use. It is a vicious circle of confirmation bias,’ Gallego tweeted at the time.
Many leftist advocates say that ‘Latinx’ should be used instead of the term Latino or Latina to remain inclusive of all Hispanic people of both sexes and all gender identities.
A separate executive order signed by Sanders orders the state to review education rules and policies examining if critical race theory (CRT) or other topics that ‘indoctrinate students with ideologies’ are promoted in schools across Arkansas.