Sarah Sanders' Old High School Teacher Lectures Her About First Amendment

Sarah Sanders' tweet complaining about losing Twitter followers has been criticized by a teacher from her high school. Dana D. Deree, who says he taught at Sanders' old high school, told her that if she had taken his advanced government class, she would "better understand the First Amendment."

On Saturday, Sanders retweeted an image from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that showed that Republicans such as Pompeo himself, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton had lost Twitter followers.

The same image showed that Democrats, such as President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, had gained followers.

Sanders said: "I've lost 50k+ followers this week. The radical left and their big tech allies cannot marginalize, censor, or silence the American people. This is not China, this is [the] United States of America, and we are a free country."

I’ve lost 50k+ followers this week. The radical left and their big tech allies cannot marginalize, censor, or silence the American people. This is not China, this is United States of America, and we are a free country. https://t.co/Xupd0N1hea

— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) January 9, 2021

But on Sunday, former teacher Deree responded to Sanders' tweet and said: "You were a student at Little Rock Central High when I taught AP Government there, but you didn't take the advanced class.

"If you had, maybe you would better understand the First Amendment and the difference between limits on government and freedoms for private individuals."

Deree also said: "I've taught Sunday School too. You didn't learn those lessons either.

"I am somewhat hesitant about this Tweet. I don't judge your heart, Sarah, but things like speaking truth and loving our neighbors are the heart of the scriptures."

On Monday, Deree added to his tweet and said: "Buck up, Sarah, Based on all the 3-follower responses to my Tweet, you still have plenty of Russian bot and troll followers."

Deree's first reply has amassed more than 66,000 likes at the time of writing, compared to Sanders' 11,000.

Sanders' tweet about losing followers was also criticized by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who shared the tweet and said: "Free advice—if you are losing tens of thousands of followers the moment Twitter starts taking down Neo-Nazis and violent insurrectionists, maybe don't advertise that!

"Also maybe people are unfollowing you out [of] disgust for your support of a coupist [because] they care about our country."

Sanders has not responded to Deree's or Ocasio-Cortez's comments directly, but on Sunday, the former White House Press Secretary said on Twitter: "The radical left's cancel culture is about silencing you.

"For all their empty rhetoric about 'tolerance' and 'free speech,' the left and their big tech allies only tolerate speech they agree with and repress dissent," and encouraged her Twitter followers to sign up for her website to "stay connected."

According to Deree's LinkedIn page, he worked as a teacher at Arkansas public schools between 1996 and 2001, and now works as a Country Coordinator of American Citizen Services for U.S. Mission Mexico. Sanders attended Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Sarah Sanders on 'The Story with Martha MacCallum' show on September 17, 2019, in New York City. A teacher at the high school Sanders attended has criticized her tweet about losing Twitter followers. Steven Ferdman/Getty