On January 25, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who left her position as President Trump’s White House Press Secretary in July 2019, revealed some exciting information about her future: she is officially running for governor of Arkansas.
In a video posted on social media, Sanders began her announcement telling the story of meeting a soldier in Iraq who chose to re-enlist after President Trump took office:
“Hundreds of troops had gathered at a remote military base in the desert to celebrate Christmas. They expected to be joined by senior military leadership, but instead, got their commander in chief.
The room erupted. A young soldier yelled from the back of the room, ‘Mr. President, I re-enlisted in the army because of you!’ The president replied, ‘And son, I’m here because of you.’
That soldier then came over to me and said, ‘Thank you Sarah, I love the way you handle yourself. You have a tough job.’ I politely corrected him and told him, ‘Thanks, but I take questions. You take bombs and bullets. That’s a tough job.'”
The soldier silently reached up and tore the Brave Rifles patch from his arm and handed it to me, and said ‘We’re in this together.’ Overwhelmed with emotion and speechless, I just hugged him, with tears in my eyes and a grateful heart for our heroes who keep us free.”
Sanders ended her story with concerns about America’s future. “America is great because we are free, but today, our freedom and the rule of law are under attack,” the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee continued.
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— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) January 25, 2021
Sanders then discussed the uptick in political violence over the past year, including the shooting of Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise during a Congressional baseball practice, and the recent Capitol riot. Following the lead of President Trump’s “law and order” position, Sanders denounced the violence, stating: “This is not who we are as Americans. To remain free, we must have law and order.”
Despite this, she is rejecting the Democrats‘ calls for unity and healing, saying that their 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 support,” Sanders said.
President Trump had previously endorsed Sanders for Governor of Arkansas in 2019. When he announced her resignation on Twitter, Trump wrote: “I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas — she would be fantastic.”
Mike Huckabee, Sarah Sanders’ father, served as Governor of Arkansas from 1997 to 2006.
The election will take place in 2022, when current Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, finishes his final term. The Republican governor is not able to seek re-election due to term limits.