White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany really stepped in it on Thursday when she appeared to demand that reporters and the American people celebrate President Donald Trump’s health as the death toll from coronavirus in the United States crossed 85,000.
McEnany made the remarks to reporters after being asked if Trump and Pence are prepared to transition the presidency to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should both of them be incapacitated by the virus.
“That’s not even something that we’re addressing,” McEnany said. “We’re keeping the president healthy. We’re keeping the vice president healthy and you know they’re healthy at this moment and they’ll continue to be. The President’s healthy. The Vice President’s healthy and I think that’s something all reporters should be celebrating and the American people as well.”
The presidential line of succession and contingency plans for such a crisis should be taken seriously. After all, the coronavirus is deadly and highly contagious and both Trump and Pence are in one of the more vulnerable groups because of their age. And Pelosi is third in line if both of them were to go down.
But McEnany also did herself no favors by demanding a celebration of Trump’s health as Americans continue to suffer and die during a pandemic Trump has responded recklessly and incompetently to from the beginning.
She even claimed to have been misquoted, but her own transcript makes it clear she wasn’t.
This tweet by a New York Times reporter is misleading.
I was TWICE asked a hypothetical about the health of the President and Vice President.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) May 14, 2020
Americans were disgusted by her demand to celebrate Trump’s health.
What about all the American people who have died Kayleigh McEnany? Don’t you give a damn about them? Their families don’t think there’s anything to celebrate.
— NotInvisibleUSA? (@indivisible_usa) May 14, 2020
— Impudent Cat (@ImpudentCat) May 14, 2020
McEnany calls for reporters to celebrate? Seriously? @potus @VP @WhiteHouse staff are tested twice daily, while Americans are dying because they can’t get tested!
Great a clueless @PressSec ! Suggest Kaleigh changes her last name to McEnemy for spreading lies! @gtconway3d @DNC
— lou’s rant (@lousrant) May 14, 2020
sigh, tell that the the families of 77,000 Americans.
— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) May 14, 2020
Note to “Press Secretary” — it’s not media’s job to “celebrate.” It’s their job to ask questions, dig for truth and share it with the public.
— Gail Sideman (@gpublicity1) May 14, 2020
Sadistic solipsism. No one should be *celebrating* 84,000+ dead. The health of the President and Vice President might be “great,” but they’ve failed the American people.
— MoreSkyPlease (@Moreskyplease) May 14, 2020
I’m thinking the celebrations would be HUGE if we heard otherwise…..
— Armen (@mtnmama12753) May 14, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany confusing cheerleading with journalism. Kayleigh, what Fox News does is called cheerleading.
— ⭐️ Merrill – sheltering at home ⭐️ (@MerrillLynched) May 14, 2020
Hey @PressSec THIS IS NOT NORTH KOREA
— Democracy wins (@BershodM) May 14, 2020
McEnany clearly should resign in disgrace already and get it over with.
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