‘Lop her head off!’ CNN’s April Ryan gets revolutionary with Trump’s press secretary Sarah Sanders
CNN’s political analyst April Ryan reignited her long-running feud with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in (French) revolutionary style, calling it time to “start lopping the heads off.” Things quickly got out of hand.
“She should be let go, she should be fired, end of story,” Ryan opined on Thursday night. “When there is a lack of credibility there, you have to start lopping the heads off...she needs to go.”
CNN's April Ryan says White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is not credible and therefore it's time to start "lopping" her head off. pic.twitter.com/d2A5qhusW9— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 20, 2019
Adding a delicious layer of irony, Ryan went on to blame Sanders for threats against journalists.
“She’s calling us fake,” Ryan said. “I have to have security because of being called fake and a loser and all sorts of things from that White House.”
Ryan’s colorful condemnation came after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report claimed Sanders misled the public on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, claiming Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file FBI agents. Sanders stood by her claim, despite admitting to Mueller that it was “not founded on anything.”
Was Ryan’s ‘off with her head’ a sinister call for violence or a colorful euphemism? Either way, Sanders’ father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, stepped in to defend his daughter.
“Will the White House Correspondents’ Association revoke April Ryan’s credentials?,” he tweeted. “If not, they are gutless tools.”
Will the @whca revoke April Ryan’s credentials? If not, they are gutless tools. CNN's April Ryan Says Sarah Sanders' Head Should Be "Lopped Off" https://t.co/8fdYiOzggf— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 19, 2019
Ryan responded, warning the Arkansas Republican that “If anything happens to me or mine or anyone connected to me, you and your daughter and this administration will be held accountable!” Ryan also warned Huckabee that "My people see you and will do the same for you!”
Will you get into heaven? The answer is no! https://t.co/oUpSVVbLx2— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) April 20, 2019
As I thank God this day and for his sacrifice as you should be doing, I have a warning for you! If anything happens to me or mine or anyone connected to me, you and your daughter and this administration will be held accountable! So you better stop now! https://t.co/oUpSVVbLx2— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) April 20, 2019
You sir need to sit down. You gave me a veiled threat not long ago. You call yourself a man of God? Boy bye! As your people come for me! My people see you and will do the same for you! https://t.co/M72QQACjqV— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) April 20, 2019
The exchange drew popcorn munchers on Twitter, with the Right up in arms. “April Ryan literally called for @PressSec’s head to be ‘lopped off’ and is now playing the victim because her dad called for her credentials to be revoked,” Republican strategist Caleb Hull tweeted. “In what world is this ok?”
How do you identify legitimate criticism vs. “inciting violence” with the left’s new standards?April Ryan literally called for @PressSec’s head to be “lopped off” and is now playing the victim because her dad called for her credentials to be revoked.In what world is this ok? pic.twitter.com/Dp8cpw2oQb— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 20, 2019
Now that CNN's April Ryan has threatened Sarah Sanders does the @WhiteHouse have grounds to pull her press pass?— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 20, 2019
April Ryan is losing it https://t.co/K0VaLQ5LaJ— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) April 20, 2019
Ryan’s fans, meanwhile, cheered on their hero.
I’m paraphrasing, but I did enjoy April Ryan telling Mike Huckabee to sit his ass down today.— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) April 20, 2019
God bless, April Ryan. https://t.co/CZQEINLOMN— John Aravosis 🇺🇸 (@aravosis) April 20, 2019
Although combative press conferences are commonplace in President Donald Trump’s White House, Ryan has a long history of verbal spats with Sanders and the Trump administration. Most famously, Ryan sparked the #piegate micro-scandal when she first claimed Sanders lied about a pecan pie she tweeted a photo of, then accused Sanders of poisoning a pie for Ryan as revenge.
Okay I want to watch you bake it and put it on the table. But forgive I won’t eat it. Remember you guys don’t like the press. https://t.co/gcAt1Sl32i— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) November 25, 2017
We truly live in the golden age of Washington journalism.
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