MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace has decided she can’t stand the sight of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and will no longer air any tape of her on the MSNBC program. Wallace huffed that Sanders “makes me sweat.”
On Wednesday night, Wallace played clips from President Trump’s Florida rally on Tuesday, at which Trump supporters targeted CNN reporter Jim Acosta with jeers and taunts. Wallace noted that President Trump’s son Eric retweeted a video from the rally showing the Trump supporters.
Wallace continued, “… what happened in that video didn’t give the president’s son, Eric Trump, any pause at all. He tweeted that video from a different angle with the caption ‘#Truth’ and guess what? Guess who retweeted that? The President of the United States. Classy guy. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about this in today’s briefing. Her first answer was a recounting of the responsibilities of the press. So they tried again.”
Wallace played a clip of Sanders saying, "While we certainly support freedom of the press, we also support freedom of speech, and we think that those things go hand in hand."
Wallace snorted, then continued, "Joining us now, New York Times chief White House—You know, we're not going to air that anymore. Let's make that the last Sarah Huckabee Sanders clip ever aired at four o'clock. Yup, that’s it. You know, it makes me sweat. That is vile." She then wiped her forehead, asserting, "That made me sweat. This is someone who complains about a restaurant that exercises their First Amendment right to kick out someone that they think is obliterating democratic norms. Seriously, that made me sweat."
Wallace’s hostility toward Sanders has been in evidence for months; in May, after Sanders declined to comment publicly about a report on alleged comments made by an aide in the administration about Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) deteriorating health. Wallace asked NBC News' White House reporter Kristen Welker, "How do you resist the temptation to run up and wring her neck?”