Does Sarah Huckabee Sanders Get Paid Enough to Work With Donald Trump?
One can only wonder what goes on in the mind of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, even if it seems she’s convinced herself staying on as press secretary to President Trump is the best job in the world. In a time when the pay disparity between men and women continues to show wide differences, it makes us ponder if Sanders thinks her job is really worth it.
How much is she getting paid working for Trump? Some who’ve worked for him might suggest it isn’t worth all the money in the world.
With reports she now gets paid $179,700 per year as press secretary, is it enough to take on the slings and arrows of the press corps and public?
The responsibility of Sanders’ job
When I went with President @realDonaldTrump to the border today I never imagined @Acosta would be there doing our job for us and so clearly explaining why WALLS WORK. Thanks Jim! https://t.co/7wC4rdEsZ2
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 10, 2019
Even though we do not see as many press briefings (or as much truth) as we would in any normal presidency, Sarah Huckabee Sanders proves the press secretary job is a major sacrifice. It’s already expected the press secretary has to essentially fall on a grenade for the president.
Based on how strongly Sanders upholds President Trump’s agenda, it’s clear she’s had to sacrifice more than she perhaps wanted to. She seemed to have an epiphany at some point to keep going.
You could say once you’re into something this deep, you can’t easily find your way out. One thing for sure is Sanders uses Twitter often to uphold the administration’s agenda. She does have a dry sense of humor like her dad and displays it through her official press secretary account on Twitter. Recently, she was seen going after CNN’s Jim Acosta, even if she was criticized for doing so.
Dealing with the hatred of the anti-Trump public
A lot of rumors have floated around about Sanders perhaps stepping down from her press secretary role. The most substantial rumor occurred after the White House Correspondents Dinner in June 2018. You may remember the vicious comedic jabbing she took from Michelle Wolf at the time. Not long after, CBS News and other media reported Sanders planned to leave her job soon.
As we all know now, this was just an unsubstantiated rumor, and she decided to stay. How much was rumor and reality, though, is up for debate. You could sense the pressure was becoming too much to bear considering she’s at the mercy of public criticism and comedic bile.
During her press conferences at the time, it looked like she’d had about enough of it all. The question is, was it due to the public hatred of her not telling the truth, or was it from the pressures of working for President Trump?
Sanders’ human side
Happy birthday to the best dad in the world @GovMikeHuckabee! Thanks for all you do for all of us! We love you!
— Sarah Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) August 24, 2018
Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they’re partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the borderhttps://t.co/zpJypJ2Slq
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 13, 2019
If you can argue that President Trump has different sides of himself compared to his grandstanding reality show self, Sanders seems to have divided two different worlds.
With the press secretary side, we seem to see someone who’s convinced themselves the agenda of the president is a major calling you can’t walk away from. On the personal side, we see a caring mother and wife who has her entire family on display in her personal Twitter account avatar.
On the latter account, we’ve seen her show her human side, including wishing her dad a Happy Birthday last August. Regardless, her posts aren’t quite as plentiful there as they once were. Most of her tweets are directly through her press secretary account now, with the most recent being a dryly sarcastic post criticizing Democrats for the federal government shutdown.
Will Sanders eventually leave the White House?
Anyone could easily argue Sanders should be receiving a lot more money than she receives working for a president who can’t tell the truth. The idea that she’s psyched herself to feel like her job is important is one psychologists may have to ponder as a new form of mental reinforcement.
To maintain sanity in the press secretary job, perhaps it’s the only way to stave off going mad.
Many media outlets list her as one of the highest paid of all White House staffers. Let’s also remember she has another job title: “Assistant to the President.”
We can only hope when she does leave the job; she can redeem herself in some shape or form into something ethical. The problem is, once you convince yourself what you did was the right thing, a future self-analysis of being press secretary may never change.