Sarah Sanders' Proof that Dems Are 'Losing Their War on Women'

Posted: May 21, 2018 4:15 PM
Sarah Sanders' Proof that Dems Are 'Losing Their War on Women'

On Monday, Gina Haspel became the first female director of the CIA. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used Monday's swearing-in ceremony to shame Democrats for waging a war on women - an attack line often used on Republicans.

Others made the same observation. Because Haspel was promoted to the historic post by a Republican president, she probably won't receive her due recognition.

Top Democrats (and some Republicans) protested Haspel's nomination because of her role in President Bush's enhanced interrogation program following the September 11 attacks. The Senate Intelligence Committee grilled her about her role in torture at her confirmation hearings. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who was tortured as a POW in Vietnam, came out in opposition to her nomination. But, after Haspel pledged multiple times not to restart the interrogation program, a handful of Democrats joined Republicans to give her their blessing and confirmed her by a vote of 54 to 45.

Former CIA officials, even some who worked under President Obama, defended Haspel and her years' worth of experience. Former CIA Director John Brennan is no fan of Trump, yet he too praised the president's nominee.

At Monday's ceremony, President Trump commended Haspel for her bravery and noted that she is widely respected. 

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"It took courage for her to say ‘yes’ in the face of a lot of very negative politics and what was supposed to be a negative vote," Trump noted.

For her to be the first woman to lead the agency, "that's big."