Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist David Horsey apologized for an "insensitive" description of Sarah Huckabee Sanders that was removed from his piece about the White House press secretary in the Los Angeles Times.
"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," Horsey wrote in a note added to the top of the column, which was first published Wednesday. "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."
The Times also added a "for the record" comment Friday, reading, "A description of Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the top of the original post did not meet Times standards. It has been removed."
In the original column, Horsey said Sanders "does not look like the kind of woman" President Trump would choose, because he prefers "sleek beauties with long legs and stiletto heels," according to Fox News. Fox reported that Horsey imagined Trump would have picked someone more like Ivanka or Melania Trump, calling them, "Barbie dolls in short, tight skirts."
"By comparison, Sanders looks more like a slightly chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids' games," Horsey wrote in the removed passage, according to Fox. "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."
“Yet, even if Trump privately wishes he had a supermodel for a press secretary, he is lucky to have Sanders,” Horsey wrote.
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