Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former press secretary to President Donald Trump and the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, just shined a little much-needed light on 2021 as she announced her intentions to make a run for the Arkansas governor’s seat next year.
According to The Hill, reports emerged on Sunday night suggesting that she was close to making an announcement and on Monday, Sanders made it official in an announcement video.
She tweeted out her video announcement with the most perfect possible caption, simply writing: “I’m in.”
I’m in —> https://t.co/8bmfl3ZPgp
Watch ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/khDPEk0orU
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) January 25, 2021
“As governor, I will defend your right to be free of socialism and tyranny,” Sanders said in her video. “Our state needs a leader with the courage to do what’s right, not what’s politically correct or convenient.”
“With your support, I hope to be the first woman to lead our state as governor,” she added.
Sanders, who was encouraged to run by Trump after serving over two years in Trump’s White House, was praised by her father on Monday morning for making the decision to run.
A truly remarkable lady just announced she’s running for my old job. It comes with the same gov’t housing she grew up in. Watch the video. Support her w/ prayer & contributions! GIddy up!https://t.co/S2uDUM9QFf
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 25, 2021
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Sanders gave a well-deserved nod to her father’s legacy as former Arkansas governor in her campaign video.
“My dad always said the real test of a leader is not the way you handle the issues you know are coming, it’s rising to the moment in a crisis you could never plan for,” Sanders said in the video. “I’ve been tested under fire.”
The last part of that sentence was presumably a reference to her time in Trump’s White House, when she was continually attacked by the mainstream press and, as a result of their nasty and repeated attacks, was subject to actual threats in real life that would give her the record of being the first WH press secretary to be assigned a U.S. Secret Service detail.
Though Sanders should easily emerge as the frontrunning in the primaries, she joins Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in a fight to win the chance to fill the seat of GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who will be forced to bow out next year after serving eight years as governor.
“I took on the media, the radical left and their cancel culture, and I won,” Sanders said in the video. “As governor, I will be your voice. And never let them silence you.”
We wish Sanders all the best luck in the world and have no doubt that she’ll emerge victorious among Arkansas Republican voters next year.