Politics & Government

Sarah Huckabee Sanders will bring Trump’s message to Kentucky GOP at Lexington dinner

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia last week.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia last week. Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will be the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Kentucky’s Lincoln Dinner at Lexington’s Hilton Downtown on Aug. 25.

A news release from the state GOP Monday said Sanders will be joined by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Sanders as our speaker for this year’s Lincoln Dinner,” said state Republican Party Chairman Mac Brown. “Ms. Sanders is one of the most recognizable messengers for Republicans and we look forward to hearing what she has to say about our party’s accomplishments under President Trump’s leadership over the past two years.”

Scott Jennings, a Kentucky political consultant and CNN contributor, will emcee the event that begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at www.rpk.org/lincoln for $150.

Sanders, who will turn 36 Aug. 13, is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. and presidential contender Mike Huckabee. She is a founding partner of Second Street Strategies in Little Rock, Ark., a consulting company for Republican campaigns.

She has been a strong defender of Trump and critic of the media , serving as a senior adviser for his 2016 presidential campaign and his deputy White House press secretary until becoming the press secretary in July 2017.

In a recent news conference, she was asked multiple times to say, contrary to the president’s assertion, that the media are “not the enemy of the people.” She would not say it.

In June, a co-owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., asked Sanders to leave because she worked for Trump. Sanders named the restaurant in a tweet

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, discusses being asked to leave the Red Hen in Lexington, Va., on Friday.