Toronto Star editorial board fires back at Sarah Sanders for saying US has been ‘nice’ to Canada

The Toronto Star editorial board fired back at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a scathing piece for saying that the United States has been “nice” to Canada.

During a press briefing on Monday, Sanders said the U.S. has been “very nice to Canada for many years” and accused the foreign country of taking “advantage of that” when discussing Canada’s retaliatory tariffs recently imposed on American products. Those tariffs were prompted by Trump’s initial steep tariffs imposed on the country earlier this year.

{mosads}In response to Sanders’s remarks, The Toronto Star editorial board slammed the press secretary in a fiery editorial on Wednesday, saying that “what President Donald Trump’s press secretary doesn’t know about history is a lot.”

“Canadians are accustomed to benign neglect and monumental indifference from the United States,” the editorial board wrote. “We’re fine with that. That great American Al Capone once said, ‘I don’t even know what street Canada is on.’ We liked it that way.”

But in terms of “taking advantage of America,” the editorial staff rebuked Sanders and urged its readers to consider how Canada has treated Americans over the years.

“Let’s just say Canadian heroism in Tehran in 1979 in helping free American hostages, and Canadian generosity in 2001 after the terrorist attack on the U.S., not to mention Canadians sacrificing their lives in the Second World War two years before America got around to joining is hardly that,” the staff penned.

The staff also asked readers to consider just “how nicely” Americans have treated Canada.

“A lot of the time, what with you marching around ranting about ‘Manifest Destiny’ or ’54-40 or Fight,’ we were never all that sure whether you were friend or foe,” the editorial board wrote. 

“Benjamin Franklin once demanded the British surrender all of Canada to the fledgling United States,” the staff went on, in addition to noting a string of other historical incidents painting a grim picture of America’s treatment of Canada over the years. 

“We get it. You’re a superpower. We aren’t. You have 10 times our population. You bestride the globe like a Levis-clad, Bud-drinkin’, rock’n’rollin’ colossus,” the board said. “But still. We live right next door. We’re the first at your door when you need a hand. You’d think that would count for something.”

The editorial board argued that Canadians “know nice” and added that they even “made it an art form.”

“And your boss, Ms. Sanders, couldn’t spell nice if you spotted him both the vowels,” the newspaper concluded.

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