LA Times columnist faces backlash after comparing Sarah Huckabee Sanders to a 'chunky soccer mom'

A Los Angeles Times columnist faced criticism this week after his latest piece took aim at the White House press secretary's physical appearance.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Horsey centered his latest column, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the right mouthpiece for a truth-twisting president," on the press secretary's status as a "pro" at delivering the Trump administration's message to the press corps and extended media.

While Horsey's column eventually addresses both Sanders' strengths in the role and the differences between Sanders and former podium poster boy Sean Spicer -- the column starts with rhetoric that many are slamming as sexist and misogynistic.

"...Sanders looks more like a slightly chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids’ games," Horsey states, after describing the physical features of daughter Ivanka Trump and first lady Melania Trump. "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."

Click through to see varied reactions to David Horsey's column:

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Los Angeles Times columnist David Horsey recently commented on the press secretary's appearance in a piece focused on her, causing social media to react in opposition...
Things that are true at the same time: 1) Sarah Huckabee Sanders is an unabashed enemy of the truth 2) This profil… https://t.co/VeYP7Ew6P0
hey @davidhorsey i wrote about how your column about sarah huckabee sanders was, uh, the worst https://t.co/5zQfTsZJDT
This. There are a million valid criticisms of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The LA Times managed to find the wrong one. https://t.co/C7OipN3xV8
LA Times .@DavidHorsey is so triggered by Sarah Huckabee Sanders he resorts to jabs at her personal appearance. How typical. 😂😂😂 #Winning
LA Times runs a disgustingly sexist column about Sarah Sanders and it's not ok (by @addysue) https://t.co/FaNwsYlyab
I wish journalists would spend less time being misogynistic/disgusting, and spend more time reporting things that m… https://t.co/WkFQK1u14V
Geez, it looks like @latimes and @davidhorsey haven't learned anything from the underlying sexism that allowed unco… https://t.co/Si640QlMoe
#davidhorsey is a misogynist pig described Ivanka Trump as eye candy because she’s a gorgeous woman.He’s an abuser!! #hollywoodperverts
Oy vey. People are entitled to their opinions, but this is a deeply ugly one https://t.co/FKw6WY4Eqz
Agreed. Keep women's looks out of it. Not ever relevant. @davidhorsey https://t.co/lT7z0FXsNs
@GlennWhipp Hey Glenn, while you're on the high horse, is the @davidhorsey column on @PressSec how the paper views… https://t.co/sZ5BgQYDwM
Resign, @davidhorsey https://t.co/ERw0FWaw7g
Really? Why does it always have to be about criticizing appearance with professional women? https://t.co/MrWIb4z0mh
genuinely confused as to how this column got past an editor. https://t.co/mVJ0sQNpw9 https://t.co/u5Mnue3eTn
Ugh. No @davidhorsey. Just no. https://t.co/lnYix9qADS
You are one disgusting sexist pig. @davidhorsey @latimes https://t.co/rkOSO7VDpn https://t.co/0VkQLAx9F0
@latimes @davidhorsey @latimes this is gross. signed, a "slightly chunky soccer mom"
Ahhh attacking women because of their looks is a-ok now...noted. @davidhorsey I can't wait wait. This game is goin… https://t.co/m9XEPRyiLw
Agreed. Sanders provides plenty of legit things to criticize. Baffling that @latimes and @davidhorsey felt they nee… https://t.co/xgKxgSfJND
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Social media was quick to jump on this commentary from the esteemed newspaper, with some even calling for Horsey's removal from his job.

"There’s a difference between being progressive and being partisan," Addy Baird says of the piece for ThinkProgress. "Horsey, helping no one, serving no morally just cause, is leaning into the latter."

Breitbart, who often takes any opportunity to slam the so-called mainstream media, also published a piece on Horsey's column.

Aside from more long-form commentary of Horsey's physical description of Sanders, Twitter was ripe with many hot takes in reaction to the piece.

Sanders has served as the White House press secretary since July 2017 and is the third woman ever to hold the executive office title.

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