Hypocrisy: MSNBC Host Goes on Free Speech Rant, Then Vows to Censor Sarah Sanders


If you’re so angry about a perceived anti-First Amendment comment that you want to silence the person who said it, you might be a hypocrite. Or an MSNBC personality.

Liberal host Nicolle Wallace was very unhappy about White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ remarks during a briefing Wednesday.

Reporters wanted Sanders to condemn the Trump supporters who jeered CNN’s Jim Acosta at the president’s rally Tuesday in Tampa, Florida. She declined to do so, instead suggesting certain media outlets have brought such disdain on themselves because of their biased and inaccurate reporting on President Donald Trump.

“The president, as I just said, does not support violence against anyone or anything, and we’ve been very clear every time we’ve been asked about that,” Sanders said. “When it comes to the media, the president does think that the media holds a responsibility. We fully support a free press, but there also comes a high level of responsibility with that.”

“It’s a two-way street,” she added. “We also ask that people act responsibly and report accurately and fairly.”

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When the reporters at the briefing continued to press the issue, Sanders said, “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 struggled to contain her anger after she played the clip Wednesday.

She emitted a bitter snort and said, “You know what? We’re not going to air that anymore. Let’s make that the last Sarah Huckabee Sanders clip ever aired at 4 o’clock. That’s it.”

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The irony of that act clearly was lost on her.

Wallace then worked herself into a frenzy as she further discussed Sanders’ remarks.

“You know what? That makes me sweat. That is vile!” she said, appearing to be on the verge of hyperventilating.

Wiping her brow, Wallace said, “I — I — I — you know, I — 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,” she added, inaccurately describing Sanders’ tweet about being told to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, in June.

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“Seriously, that made me sweat!” Wallace concluded, fanning herself with a paper.

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This was actually mild compared with Wallace’s last emotional outburst about the White House spokeswoman. In May, the MSNBC host said on the air that Sanders should be choked.

Wallace, who was talking with NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, asked, “How do you resist the temptation to run up and wring her neck?”

She later apologized for her “poorly chosen words.”

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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