Ever since Kayleigh McEnany was named as the new press secretary at the White House, we have noticed some major changes taking place. She’s been a wonderful replacement for Stephanie Grisham. The White House correspondents that have gotten used to behaving in any manner that they please have been in for the rudest of awakenings, though.
McEnany is standing up to them and she has passed all of their “tests” with flying colors. She’s already conducted three White House press briefings within an eight-day span. Conversely, Grisham was never willing to hold any. Jeff Mason is a Reuters reporter who decided to ask McEnany an insane question during the initial briefing.
Can you believe that he asked McEnany if she would promise not to lie to the reporters? Of course, she was able to brush that backhanded question off and provide a wonderful answer. “I will never lie to you,” said McEnany. It did not take long before the reporters who were on hand decided to start the fact-checking process.
You know how that goes. The press thinks that the orange man is bad and then they work backwards to justify that opinion. By deciding to give the reporter what he had asked for, McEnany opened herself up to all sorts of nonsense. White House correspondents will pounce any time that they sense any sort of weakness.
They have begun engaging in the type of personal attacks that cannot fly in this type of setting. We understand that reporters are going to have all sorts of differing opinions but that does not justify these behaviors. They do not even bother to ask her about the most important questions of the day anymore. Instead, they launch right into the insults.
We have to give McEnany credit, though. She handles all of the slings and arrows with the sort of grace that is befitting of a woman in her position. During the second press briefing, she was asked to go over something that she had already discussed. The question was focused on the travel restrictions that the president had put into place during the early stages of the pandemic.
“I guess I would turn the question back on the media and ask similar questions: Does Vox want to take back that they proclaimed that the coronavirus would not be a deadly pandemic?”
“Does The Washington Post want to take back that they told Americans to get a grip, the flu is bigger than the coronavirus?”
“Does The Washington Post likewise want to take back that our brains are causing us to exaggerate the threat of the coronavirus?”
“Does the New York Times want to take back that fear of the virus may be spreading faster than the virus itself?”
“Does NPR want to take back that the flu was a much bigger threat than the coronavirus?”
Kayleigh was obviously well prepared for the question and was able to flip the question back onto the reporter. Vox, NPR, Washington Post, or the New York Times were called out for their early predictions about the virus that ended up being wrong. A Washington Post reporter was quick to remind her that some of these outlets had ended up changing their stances.
The writer was willing to admit that Kayleigh had been asked about specific travel restrictions during this time but they still did what all of the liberals do. He was not going to let things go. It was time to take her to task for any perceived issues that he had with the statement.
At first, we worried about Kayleigh. We thought that she tried too hard to make the reporters feel comfortable during the initial briefing. It did not take long before she proved that she was fully up to the task at hand. When PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor tried to mess up a briefing by bringing up old comments that were made by McEnany about the president on CNN, it did not go as well as she would have hoped.
She thought that she would make the press secretary look foolish over comments that were made five years ago. Instead of allowing her to drag her down the wrong path, McEnany asked her if she was willing to take a closer look at the guests that CNN usually books for their shows. McEnany readily admitted that she had been a bit naive in the past and we are sure that Alcindor did not see that coming.
“The second question I have is in 2015, shortly after the president said that some Mexican immigrants were rapists and criminals, you said that that language was racist and hateful,” PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor said. “Do you still believe that today?”
“Well, I’m actually glad you asked that because for about the first four weeks of the election, I was watching CNN and I was naively believing some of the headlines that I saw on CNN,” McEnany responded. “I’m actually not going to read the headlines, so I very quickly came around and supported the president. In fact, CNN hired me. I was on many eight-on-one panels where I proudly supported this president who I believe is one of the best presidents, if not the best president, this country will ever have.”
“But I would encourage the individual who did that analysis of my past, rather than focusing on me, he really should be focused on some of the very guests CNN chose to have on their network,” McEnany continued. “He should be focused on, I mean, over here, Jim Clapper, who said, 10 days before he privately told investigators there was no evidence of collusion, that Watergate pales in comparison to the Russia probe.”
“I’d encourage them to look at Samantha Powers who was privately saying, ‘I’m not in possession of any evidence of collusion.’ Ambassador Rice, ‘I don’t recall intelligence or evidence of any collusion.’ Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, ‘I do not recall that being briefed to me,’” McEnany continued. “And for three years, two years, probably more than that, CNN ran with the collusion narrative, and if the American people are watching you right now, you’re probably very confused as to some of the quotes I read, because those individuals were saying much different things publicly than they were saying privately. And I’m very grateful that those transcripts were released yesterday and perhaps the [CNN reporter] KFILE should to do an analysis of that.”
Plenty of people thought that this woman did not have what it takes to do the job properly but they have already been proven wrong. McEnany can flip any reporter’s question back on them and she’s clearly not fazed by the liberals’ attempts to stifle her. It is nice to hear a press secretary who can push back against these types of reporters.
McEnany is articulate, unflappable and prepared for anything that comes her way. In other words, she is a picture-perfect White House press secretary. Her predecessor may not have been willing to have briefings on a regular basis but this is clearly not going to be an issue for McEnany. No matter what comes her way, she is able to handle the problems with grace and aplomb.