The media obsession and frustration with President Donald Trump is so real that they are now openly discussing violence against his staff members.
During a discussion with NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker, MSNBC host Nicole Wallace wondered aloud how reporters attending Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ press briefings resist the urge to “wring her neck,” as seen in the picture above. Video of Wallace making the statement is included below.
For a press corp so easily triggered by the things the President says (or even supposedly says), they seem to have very little self-awareness when it comes to their own controversial statements.
After she discovered social media wouldn’t let her off the hook over the comment, Wallace apologized via Twitter. Not surprisingly, however, her fellow members of the mainstream media have not covered her statement, even though they often criticize Fox News hosts for their “controversial” statements supporting Trump.
An MSNBC daytime host is backtracking after she suggested on-air Friday that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be choked for allegedly dodging questions about a report that a White House staffer made disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) health.
What did the host say?
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, who served as an aide to McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, asked NBC White House reporter Kristen Welker how she resists temptation to choke Sanders during press briefings.
“How do you resist the temptation to run up and wring her neck? Why can’t she just say, ‘If a staffer said that, we’re going to get to the bottom of it and she’ll be fired?’” Wallace asked.
Here is video of Wallace making the statement.
Wallace was referring to a report this week that alleged White House aide Kelly Sadler mocked McCain’s health during an internal meeting with communications officials at the White House.
While discussing McCain’s opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel, Sadler allegedly said McCain’s decision on the matter is inconsequential.
“It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” Sadler reportedly said. The Hill first reported on the comment. McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last year.
On Twitter, she called her remarks “poorly chosen words” for which she is “sorry.” Whether she’s apologetic for her sentiment is unclear.
When I asked about whether the tension in the briefing room ever makes reporters want to wring the neck of the spokesman, I used poorly chosen words, & for that I’m sorry. I was trying to imagine the exasperation of getting spin & not answers re: John Mccain being “about to die”
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) May 11, 2018
Sanders has not yet commented on the incident.