LA Times Columnist: Huckabee Sanders Looks Like ‘Slightly Chunky Soccer Mom’

Update: Columnist removes 'insensitive' description, apologizes to Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders / Getty Images

Sarah Huckabee Sanders / Getty Images


A Los Angeles Times columnist penned a column this week that attacked at length the appearance of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist David Horsey wrote Wednesday that "Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the right mouthpiece for a truth-twisting president."

"Sarah Huckabee Sanders does not look like the kind of woman Donald Trump would choose as his chief spokesperson," he opened, unfavorably comparing the press secretary to the "sleek beauties with long legs and stiletto heels to represent his interests and act as his arm candy."

Horsey continued, saying that compared to Ivanka and Melania Trump, "Sanders looks more like a slightly chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids’ games."

"Rather than the fake eyelashes and formal dresses she puts on for news briefings, Sanders seems as if she’d be more comfortable in sweats and running shoes," the columnist added.

The piece was accompanied by an editorial cartoon drawn by Horsey showing a less-than-flattering rendition of Sanders repeating 1984 slogans and brandishing the punning title "Big Mother."

On Friday, Horsey apologized to readers and to Sanders for the description, writing in a note above the column that it was "insensitive" and would be removed.

"It also failed to meet the expectations I have for myself. It surely won’t be my last mistake, but this particular error will be scrupulously avoided in my future commentaries. I’ve removed the offending description," he wrote.

On Friday, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni also attacked Sanders' voice and pronunciation.

"She’s serving a function other than communication, which turns out not to be her forte. (To listen to her pronounce "priorities" is akin to hearing the air seep out of a flat tire, and she leaves half of the consonants on the curb)," Bruni wrote.

UPDATE: 4:55 P.M.: This article was updated with Horsey's apology.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at

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