Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got choked up while responding to a child’s question about school safety during the White House’s Wednesday afternoon press briefing.
A boy attending the briefing as a reporter for his elementary school said that his school had recently undergone a lockdown drill: “One thing that affects my and other student’s mental health is the worry about the fact that we or a friend could get shot at school,” he said. “Specifically can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?”
“I think that as a kid and certainly as a parent there is nothing that could be more terrifying for a kid to go to school and not feel safe,” Sanders said, voice quivering. “So I’m sorry that you feel that way.”
She went on: “This administration takes it seriously, and the school safety commission that the president convened is meeting this week. Again, an official meeting to discuss the best ways forward and how we can do every single thing within our power to protect kids in our schools and to make kids feel safe and to make their parents feel good about dropping them off.”
Considering the fact that this administration thinks that arming teachers—essentially flooding schools with more guns—is the solution, it’s safe to say that Sanders’s tears might be real, but her message is full of shit.