Larry Sabato on Sarah Sanders' legacy as press secretary

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said President Trump might miss Sarah Sanders, but White House reporters will not.

"On the whole, I don't think the press will miss her one little bit," said Sabato.

Sabato said Sanders will be best known for putting an end to daily press briefings.

"That used to be a staple of press holding accountable a president and his administration," said Sabato. "That's gone if not forever for a long, long time."

He said Sanders will be a hard act to follow as press secretary for President Donald Trump.

"The press secretary reflects the president and his values or lack of them," said Sabato. "And so in that sense, I think Sarah Sanders was a perfect representative for Donald Trump. She has about the same respect for the truth that he does."

Sabato said Sanders will forever be remembered for her involvement in the Mueller investigation.

"For having lied boldly and directly claiming that the personnel of the FBI were thrilled that James Comey was fired and she had received information countless FBI agents," said Sabato. "She was forced to admit she hasn't heard from a single one."

Sabato said Sanders actually had a long run for a press secretary. He said there is a pattern of who keeps their job under President Trump.

"It's pretty clear in this administration, it's all about pleasing the boss," said Sabato. "No matter what you have to do, even if you have to lie. That's what keeps your job. If you start telling the truth or start causing problems by telling the truth, you'll be out."

In Trump's tweet announcing that Sanders will be leaving, he also suggested she run for governor of Arkansas. Sabato said Sanders would have a good chance of getting the position for the 2022 election if she decides to follow the footsteps of her father, Mike Huckabee, who was governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007.

"She certainly has the name recognition and Arkansas has become an extremely conservative state," said Sabato. "So if she gets the Republican nomination she will win. I suspect there will be other Republicans running for the nomination."

There has been no word yet on who might replace Sanders in the briefing room.



 
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