Columnist Apologizes for Body Shaming Sarah Huckabee Sanders After Twitter Backlash

Playing Reporter Facing Criticism for Calling Sarah Huckabee Sanders ‘Slightly Chunky’

A Los Angeles Times columnist has issued an apology after he was accused of body shaming White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 

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Pulitzer Prize winner David Horsey wrote in his November 1 column that Sanders “does not look like the kind of woman” that President Trump would choose as his chief spokeswoman. 

“By comparison, Sanders looks more like a slightly chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids’ games,” Horsey wrote. “Rather than the fake eyelashes and formal dresses she puts on for news briefings, Sanders seems as if she’d be more comfortable in sweats and running shoes.”

Horsey says Sanders' own mother actually reached out to him. 

“She was being a good mother and said, ‘Hey, why are you picking on my daughter?’” he told Inside Edition. “I did write back and say, ‘Yeah, I’m an idiot.'" 

Following social media backlash, Horsey apologized. 

“I want to apologize to Times readers — and to Sarah Huckabee Sanders — for a description that was insensitive and failed to meet the standards of our newspaper. It also failed to meet the expectations I have for myself. It surely won’t be my last mistake, but this particular error will be scrupulously avoided in my future commentaries. I’ve removed the offending description,” he wrote. 

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Sanders was also mocked mercilessly on this past weekend's Saturday Night Live. 

Cast member Aidy Bryant, who donned a leotard and broke into Demi Lovato's hit "Confident,” and chastised the way Sanders speaks to the press during her daily briefings at the White House.