Sarah Huckabee Sanders Is Running for Arkansas Governor, Releases Campaign Video

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced her bid for governor of Arkansas on Monday, in a much-speculated return to the political stage following her resignation from Donald Trump's administration in 2019.

Sanders, the daughter of former Republican Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, announced her candidacy by tweeting a nearly 8-minute campaign video.

"Everything we love about America is at stake," Sanders said in the video. "And with the Radical Left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the frontline."

Of her White House tenure, Sanders said: "I took on the media, the radical left, and their cancel culture. And I won."

Sanders' platform includes prohibiting sanctuary cities and fighting the Green New Deal. Her pledge comes after President Joe Biden signed sweeping executive orders on immigration and environmental policies in an effort to reverse his predecessor's decisions.

Arkansas' gubernatorial election is set to take place in November 2022. The state's incumbent Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, is not permitted to seek a third term.

Sanders, a 38-year-old mother of three, came under fierce criticism during her career within Donald Trump's White House. Having started as a deputy White House press secretary in 2017, she later assumed the role of press secretary following Sean Spicer's resignation.

Sanders' combative nature and fervent loyalty to Trump often led to clashes with White House reporters. She unwaveringly defended Trump at the podium in the aftermath of his most incendiary tweetstorms, during the Mueller investigation, and as sexual misconduct accusations were leveled against him.

When announcing Sanders' departure in June 2019, Trump mused: "I think if we get her to run for the governor of Arkansas, I think she'll do very well and I'm trying to get her to do that."

After her exit from the White House, Sanders continued to speak out in support of Trump during her frequent Fox News appearances. Monday's campaign video opened with an anecdote about a visit to U.S. troops in Iraq alongside her then-boss.

Sanders' bid for governor comes nearly three weeks after a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, a violent breach that left five dead.

In her campaign video, Sanders mentioned the attack, stating: "This is not who we are as Americans. To remain free, we must have law and order and resolve our differences peacefully."

She followed up by accusing the "Radical Left" of seeking to "impose government control and censorship from the top-down."

Red state Arkansas voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2020 election cycle that concluded his presidency.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders makes an appearance on FOX News program "The Story with Martha MacCallum" on September 17, 2019 in New York City. Sanders has announced her bid to run for governor of Arkansas. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images