On Sunday, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker appeared to reference the physical attributes of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in an interview on NPR’s “On Point.” When talking about President Donald Trump's proposed wall between Mexico and the United States, Parker came perilously close to fat shaming Sanders. Parker explained that Sanders is a physical wall between the White House and the American public, saying "She’s impermeable.”

Parker said, “You know, we’ve heard forever and ever that we’re going to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and the wall that we’ve wound up with is named Sarah Huckabee Sanders.”

Along the same lines, Parker said, “And she is, you know, she’s just, uh, she’s just there.” Parker continued, “She’s lar–I have to watch my descriptors here because I don’t want to say anything physically insulting but she is, um, you know, she provides a, uh, barrier, essentially, between the American public and White House.”

Show host Tom Ashbrook thereafter directed a question to Major Garrett of CBS. Ashbrook said, “We don’t have to go physical in any way to observe that this is a very formidable person at the microphone.” Ashbrook added, “Characterize Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a White House press secretary for us.”

This is not the first time Parker has mentioned a wall in reference to Sanders. On November 21, the Washington Post published an op-ed by Parker titled: "Trump built a wall. Her name is Sarah."



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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