"I'd like to start the briefing today by addressing a topic that I know all of you are preparing to ask me about," Sarah Huckabee Sanders said as her opening line at today's press conference. "And that's tax reform."
Yep. On the day that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was finally indicted, Sanders opened the press conference with a joke nobody asked for about tax reform. She then proceeded to tell a long and winding story as an analogy for the Trump administration's tax plan.
In the story, a group of 10 reporters get drinks at a bar after work every day and split their tab in alignment with the nation's tax laws. I thought about typing it out here, or at least explaining it in more detail, but it's truly not worth it. There's a lot of math and half-jokes and awkward comedic timing.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders literally read a VIRAL CHAIN EMAIL out loud at a WHITE HOUSE PRESS CONFERENCE.
Listening to her tell that story was the longest four minutes of my life. (You can skip to 1:05:00 in the below video of the press conference if you're in the mood to grind your teeth together for four minutes.)
Plenty of people who tuned in tweeted jokes about Sanders' "story."
After concluding her tax reform tale, Sanders opened the floor up for questions, and reporters were quick to change the subject. The first reporter she called on asked about the White House's reaction to this morning's indictment, and Trump's weird tweet about Hillary Clinton this morning in relation to the indictment.
The people of Twitter somehow found the strength to continue watching the briefing–and they continued spewing jokes and pointing out her lies.
Not only that, but Seth Abramson, an attorney and professor, tweeted out an itemized list of all the lies he spotted Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling during today's briefing.
The thread has 64 tweets. SIXTY FOUR!! Some of the tweets are about other relevant things and not specifically lies, but still, she told nearly 64 lies today!
Here are some of the thread's highlights: