On Monday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former press secretary for Donald Trump, says she will be running for governor in the state of Arkansas.
“With the radical left now in charge of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the front line,” Sanders said in a nearly eight-minute video posted on Twitter. “So today, I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas.”
Huckabee referenced the Capitol riot that took place earlier this month as an example of the lawlessness going on in the country.
“We’ve seen violence in our streets, at a congressional baseball practice, and at our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. To remain free, we must have law and order,” she says in the clip.
Sanders left the White House in the summer of 2019 and has been seen as a possible candidate ever since. Despite other top Republicans running for the same position in the state, she is widely seen as an early favorite among them, a source told CNN.
Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
The state is in Republican control and has been that way over the last decade. It backed Trump with over 62% of votes in the November election.
It appears that Sanders has been considering running for the position prior to her leaving the White House. According to multiple private discussions, she believes running for office would be a great move for her.
Sanders is well-like by Donald Trump and left her position on good terms with him. Her run will be a good test to see if Trump continues to hold on to the Republican party.
“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job,” Trump tweeted when Sanders was leaving the White House. “I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas—she would be fantastic.”