McEnany Crushes Media for ‘Sick’ Double Standards on COVID-19 in Crowds
White House press secretary skewers CNN's Jim Acosta as she torches press - WATCH
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany torched the media during a press conference over their "sick" double standards when reporting the risk of spreading COVID-19 in crowds.
During a Wednesday presser, McEnany was questioned repeatedly by reporters over "concerns" that President Donald Trump's upcoming campaign could spread the coronavirus.
However, the fiery press sec. was quick to highlight the media's hypocrisy regarding COVID-19 precautions after the same "concerned" reporters have been lauding recent Black Lives Matter protests.
Huge nationwide demonstrations have continued to rage without such criticism since the death of George Floyd last month.
The media and Democrats who have been cheering protesters as they flood the streets, in disregard of social distancing guidelines.
Yet, they are now attacking Trump over health fears for his supporters who attend campaign rallies.
The Hill reported that during a press briefing, "McEnany was repeatedly asked whether the White House or Trump would take responsibility if attendees contract the novel coronavirus" following Saturday's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The press secretary explained the precautions taken by the Trump 2020 campaign to assure that the rally is safe, such as providing hand sanitizer and masks.
She also noted that attendance at the rally is a "personal decision" of attendees, just as any public event.
Turning the tables on the media, McEnany said, "While we appreciate the great concern for our rallygoers, you should exhibit that same concern for the protesters who are out there not socially distancing in many cases."
McEnany also held up a recent edition of the New York Post, on which the front page declares, "Liberals, media cheer protests, but say outdoor restaurants, bars are COVID risks."
The paper called the double standard "sick hypocrisy."
One reporter pointed out that the Trump rally scheduled for Saturday is an indoor event, while protests have been held outside.
McEnany explained that the White House's position is "that the media should not be making decisions about their guidelines to us about social distancing based on political ideology or what they think is the worthiness of the cause."
Elsewhere in the interview, McEnany skewered CNN's Jim Acosta with a hilarious put down after the anti-Trump reporter repeatedly made rude interruptions while she answered questions.
"Okay. You’re dancing around – you’re dancing around the question," Acosta whined as McEneny explained that the press is suggesting that, "all of a sudden, a Trump rally is different."
"You’re holding up a newspaper headline," Acosta snarled. "That’s very nice."
"And I’ve taken five of your questions," McEneny said as she shut down the hyperpartisan reporter.
"Work on your internal cohesion, and get back to me, Jim," she added.
During an interview with "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence said that the Trump campaign is considering outdoor options after receiving one million ticket requests for the Tulsa rally.
"I can tell you it is all a work in progress," Pence said.
"We had such an overwhelming response that we are also looking at another venue, we are also looking at outside activities that I know the campaign team will keep the public informed [of]."