CATHEDRAL CITY – Four months before former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to speak at a pair of benefits for Mama’s House, some residents are have begun a rally cry to “send her back.”
Sanders will speak in the desert, Feb. 7-8, at fundraisers for Mama’s House, the only residential home within the Coachella Valley providing shelter for women in crisis pregnancies.
The residents, who refer to themselves as warriors, are posing with a placard that leaves little doubt about what they want. “Send Her Back” is written in black lettering. Warriors are taking turns posing in front of the billboard on Dinah Shore Drive.
Bill Holzhauer, one of the Warriors, is organizing a rally on the day of her event.
“It’s to say that there are a great number of us who stand against the damaging behavior of this administration,” Holzhauer told Uken Report. “You don’t get a free ride here in the Coachella Valley and we don’t want you here.”
The last guest speaker for a Mama’s House fundraiser was Trey Gowdy, a contributor for Fox News.
“Why should someone whose daily function was to lie to the American people be allowed a platform to continue her lies?” Holzhauer asked. “She has forever damaged the respect for the position she held.”
Holzhauer estimates the billboard promoting Sanders costs $15,000 per month. He also claims Gowdy’s appearance brought in millions and questions where that money is going.
“They have raised enough money to pay for that billboard for years,” Holzhauer said. “Is this going to be a cycle of guest speakers of questionable morals and practice from the party of Trump coming to the desert to raise money? Sarah engaged in lies, contempt and outright rude behaviors as the Press Secretary. She stood before the American people and lied. She even lied during the Mueller investigation. Her behavior during her time in position was damaging to our country’s image abroad and at home.”
Holzhauer also said the board of directors for Mama’s House needs to be forthcoming as to where the money from these events is going. How is it being spent? Who personally benefits from the money raised?
“It’s for these reasons I, for one, will ask the questions and demand the answers,” Holzhauer said. “The send her back statement is in direct response to how the administration speaks of those of us who disagree with how they are leading this country. Because we have a different point of view, we are told to go back from where we came from, or told to leave.
Sanders’ visit will start with a private VIP reception and dinner with major donors from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 hosted by Mama’s House at a location to be announced.
On Feb. 8, Sanders will speak at the organization’s seventh annual Heartbeat of Love Luncheon at the Indian Wells Renaissance Resort and Spa. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“We are anticipating a sold-out event once again this year, with approximately 1,100 guests in attendance,” according Jan Lupia, founder and executive director of Mama’s House. “Sarah Sanders is only the third woman and the very first mom to hold the job of White House Press Secretary. We look forward to hearing about her unique, challenging, and inspiring experiences in the White House, in addition to her perspective on some of the great events of our recent history. It is very gracious of her to come and lend her support to the work of Mama’s House.”
Sanders served as White House Press Secretary from 2017-19. A trusted confidante of the president, Sanders advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy issues. She was at the president’s side, handling the media, working with lawmakers and CEOs, and staffing the president on every foreign trip, including meetings with many foreign leaders.
President Trump described Sanders as “irreplaceable, a warrior, and a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job.” Sanders joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor during the primaries, and she continued that role through Trump’s election as president.
In addition to leadership roles in other political campaigns, Sanders has also advised major Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits to take action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
In 2007 and 2008, Sanders helped lead her father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and in seven other states. As his national political director, Sarah Sanders has been named as one of Time Magazine‘s “40 Under 40,” and has been recognized as one of the best political operatives of her generation.
- Send Her Back: Facebook
- Bill Holzhauer: Bill Holzhauer
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders Billboard: Cindy Uken