McEnany Tears Reporter to Shreds for Pushing 'Shameful' Anti-Trump Narrative
White House press secretary wrecks Fox News's John Roberts - twice
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tore Fox News reporter John Roberts to shreds during Thursday’s press briefing after he continually attempted to push an anti-Trump narrative.
McEnany humiliated Roberts over his "shameful" line of questioning after he repeatedly pressed the press secretary to "condemn white supremacists" on President Donald Trump's behalf.
The press secretary read out a series of quotes from the president where he has condemned white supremacy and all forms of racism.
The move appeared to trigger a meltdown in Roberts, however, who demanded a "current" statement from McEnany.
Roberts refused to let the matter slide a later took to Fox News airwaves to further complain about the White House.
“People on Twitter who were hammering me for asking that question, I don’t care!” an angry Roberts said on Fox News.
"It’s a question that needs to be asked," Roberts insisted.
"Stop deflecting, stop blaming the media. I’m tired of it,” he moped.
Fox News' John Roberts just had a meltdown after being criticized for repeatedly asking @PressSec to denounce white supremacy:— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 1, 2020
"For all of you on Twitter who are hammering me for asking the question, I don’t care... Stop deflecting. Stop blaming the media. I’m tired of it." pic.twitter.com/kqxBxhh5be
Roberts was still stewing after being wrecked by McEnany earlier in the day.
McEnany had told the reporter Thursday that Trump has routinely denounced white supremacy, rattling off a number of quotes from the president doing just that.
According to Roberts, however, the response was not “definitive and declarative” enough for his taste.
So, McEnany tried to clear things up for Roberts again, this time via Twitter.
She directed the Fox News reporter to the reporting from his wife - ABC News correspondent Kyra Phillips - which included Trump unequivocally denouncing white supremacy on Wednesday, one day before his meltdown.
“[John Roberts] I would refer you to your wife’s reporting from 21 hours ago… accurate reporting I cited in the White House Press Briefing,” posted the press secretary, quote-tweeting Phillips’ reporting.
“Just now: [Donald Trump] tells me he DENOUNCES white supremacists,” Phillips reported Wednesday, tagging ABC News and, notably, her husband.
As noted by McEnany on Thursday, Trump also denounced white supremacy during Tuesday night’s debate, despite the mainstream media’s insistence.
Here’s the transcript:
[Debate moderator Chris] Wallace: “You have repeatedly criticized the Vice President for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left-wing extremist groups. But are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacist and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities. As we’ve seen in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland.”
Trump: “Sure I’m willing to do that.”
[Democratic nominee Joe] Biden: “Then do it.”
Wallace: “Go ahead, sir.”
Trump: “I would say, I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing not from the right.”
Wallace: “So what are you saying?”
Trump: “I’m willing to do anything — I want to see peace.”
Wallace: “Then do it, sir.”
Biden: “Say it. Do it. Say it.”
Trump: “Do you want to call them — what do you want to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name. Go ahead, who would you like me to condemn?”
Wallace: “White supremacists and right wing militias.”
Biden: “Proud boys.”
Trump: “Proud boys, stand back and stand by…”
Moreover, as noted by The Daily Wire, the Trump administration in April took a historic step to designate a white supremacist group known as the Russian Imperial Movement, or RIM, as a global terrorist organization and sanctioned three of its leaders, ABC News reported.
And last week, Trump announced the designation of the KKK as a terrorist organization, lynching as a national hate crime, and pledged $500 billion to black communities.
"For decades, Democrat politicians like Joe Biden have taken black voters for granted.
"They made you big promises before every election—and then the moment they got to Washington, they abandoned you and sold you out,” said Trump.
"The Democrats will always take black voters for granted until large numbers of black Americans vote Republican.”