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April 22, 2019

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has activated a full spin cycle.

In a Friday CNN appearance, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report showed that Sanders admitted to making a false claim to the media, American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan declared that Sanders should be "fired, end of story." And then she expanded with what was a very obvious figure of speech, saying that "when there is a lack of credibility there ... you have to start lopping the heads off."

Sanders responded to those comments in a Monday appearance on Fox News, though in a seemingly deliberate misinterpretation, said she had "certainly never had somebody say that I should be decapitated" before. Sanders also listed several other examples of what she called "harassment" by the "liberal media," though didn't mention how a year ago, she defended President Trump's declaration that congressional Democrats were "treasonous." The crime of treason is technically still punishable by death, but as Sanders put it last February, Trump was "clearly joking."

In the Mueller report, Sanders said her claim that "countless members of the FBI" had lost confidence in its then-director James Comey, prompting President Trump to fire him, was "not founded on anything." She said the misstatement was a "slip of the tongue." After Sanders' Fox appearance, Ryan retweeted a video of and doubled down on her comments. Watch them below. Kathryn Krawczyk

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