Sarah Huckabee Sanders was still feeling the burn from being accused of not making her Thanksgiving day pie, six days after the holiday.
On Wednesday night in Washington, the White House press secretary was again asked about the mock controversy, nicknamed ‘pie gate,’ at a gala for the American Principles Project Foundation, where she was the special guest.
‘You know, being from the South, I think one of the most offensive things you can accuse somebody of, is a store-bought pie,’ Huckabee Sanders, adding with a laugh that, ‘I usually make it with Bourbon.’
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (left) said she’s purchased ingredients to make chocolate pecan pies for reporters after she was teased for posting a pie picture that didn’t look real
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (left) talked Thanksgiving pie with the American Principles Project’s (right) Terry Schilling Wednesday night at a gala in D.C.
The White House press secretary was greeted by a friendly audience of conservatives who heard about her favorite moment in the White House – when her son crept up on her meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office
She said that not only is he pecan pie a Huckabee Sanders family Thanksgiving stable, but ‘I make it every holiday for my family, including at Christmas, I used to make it for all of my neighbors on my street.’
‘So if you don’t believe me, go back to Arkansas and check with them,’ she said.
On Thanksgiving Day, Huckabee Sanders had posted a picture of a perfect-looking chocolate pecan pie.
April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks Washington bureau chief, had noticed the stock photo-nature of the image on Black Friday and tweeted, ‘Show it to us on the table.’
Ryan added in another tweet, ‘I am not trying to be funny but folks are already saying #piegate and #fakepie Show it to us on the table with folks eating it and a pic of you cooking it.’
‘I am getting the biggest laugh out of this. I am thankful for this laugh on Black Friday!’ she said.
Tonight’s conservative audience – a friendly one for Huckabee Sanders – had a good laugh about it too.
However, the press secretary said she was sticking to her word and baking some of her pies to feed the White House press corps.
‘I absolutely make the pie and I have since this week purchased the ingredients to make more, so I can give those to come of my friends in the White House briefing room,’ she said.
Compared to the White House press briefing, moderator Terry Schilling of the American Principles Project, kept the onstage interview light.
When asked about her favorite part of the press secretary gig, she answered, ‘Obviously hanging out with the press right?’
That got laughs.
The press secretary, however, countered the narrative that the worst part of her jobs is the moments she’s standing behind the podium taking oncoming.
Instead she said the hardest part of the high-powered communications position is the time spent away from her family.
She then regaled the audience with one of her favorite Trump administration moments, thus far, bringing her son Huck to bring your child to work day in August.
Both the children of staff and reporters gathered in the briefing room that day to take part in a faux press conference.
‘My son decided not to participate in any of the Q&A,’ she recalled, nothing that it was when Trump’s first White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was still on the job.
Huck decided to do ‘carpet angels and roll around,’ so Huckabee Sanders decided for his next stop, he would be briefly banished to the White House bowling alley, where handlers were taking the kids.
Huckabee Sanders than headed to the Oval Office to brief President Trump on the photo-op he would do with the kdis.
The then deputy press secretary looked out the window.
‘I see the bushes in the rose garden violently shaking,’ she noted.
Next popped up a blond head, one that she though looked ‘really familiar.’
‘Dear God, please don’t let that be Huck,’ she thought as her son pressed his face directly against the Oval Office window.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had a much more challenging morning, having to answer why President Trump retweeted a British nationalist’s Islamophobic tweets
‘And the president kind of gives a look, “There’s a little boy’s face in the window,”‘ POTUS said. ‘Yes, sir, that’s my son,’ Huckabee Sanders had to say.
That encounter between work and family she called, ‘One of the more professional moments in my career.’
The end of Wednesday was far easier for the press secretary than the beginning when she was met by reporters after doing a Fox News hit at the White House and asked to explain three of President Trump’s inflammatory tweets.
The president had retweeted videos posted by a far-right British nationalist named Jayda Fransen, all that showed ‘Muslims’ doing bad things.
The unverified visuals gave the White House a headache for most of the day, as President Trump traveled to suburbs of St. Louis to talk about the Republican tax reform plan.
Huckabee Sanders, however, had set the tone for the White House response saying, ”Whether it is a real video, the threat is real.’
‘That is what the president is talking about, that is what the president is focused on dealing with, those real threats and those are real no matter how you look at it,’ she said, according to CNN.