Kayleigh McEnany Promises Never To Lie To America; Nobody Is Buying It
Trump’s press secretaries (and other public representatives) lying to the American people has become a meme, with popular television satirizing them, Twitter roasting them, and in general, the public expecting spin and deflection from them. His latest hire for the position, Kayleigh McEnany, took the podium Friday morning to discuss COVID-19 among other national concerns. The conference, like most White House press conferences under this administration, provided a few lines that raised eyebrows, but perhaps none so much as McEnany’s promise never to lie to the press.
"I will never lie to you. You have my word on that." — Kayleigh McEnany during her first press briefing as press secretary (bookmark this) pic.twitter.com/PqUhRAWiun
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 1, 2020
McEnany’s startling lines in the briefing (the entirety of which can be seen here) include an assertion that “intelligence is just an estimate,” when asked whether Trump’s touting of conspiracy theories about COVID-19 as a man-made virus from a Wuhan laboratory matched information in U.S. Intelligence.
Let me remind everyone, intelligence is just an estimate, essentially, and it’s up to policymakers to decide what to do with that intelligence.
It’s a line that could become the new “alternative facts” — a phrase popularized by Kellyanne Conway, when she used it to defend another of Trump’s former press secretaries, Sean Spicer, in expressing claims of Trump’s inauguration crowd size that didn’t appear to match the evidence.
Still, nothing quite garnered the response of the press secretary’s assurance that she wouldn’t tell lies to cover for or defend the president. Reactions ranged from mere skepticism, to mockery, to calling out specific false statements, from before or during this briefing.
SHOT: "I will never lie to you"
CHASER: "The president told the truth about the accusations against him."
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 1, 2020
.@kayleighmcenany TODAY: “I will never lie to you.”
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) May 1, 2020
REPORTER: “Will you pledge never to lie to us from that podium?”@PressSec: “I will never lie to you. You have my word on that.”
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) May 1, 2020
New White House press secretary:
(1) “I’ll never lie to you.”
Minutes later …
(2) Mueller gave Trump “complete and total exoneration.”
The second has long been a lie. Repeating it just made the first a lie, too.
— Joshua A. Geltzer (@jgeltzer) May 1, 2020
— Joe (@joefromphilly1) May 1, 2020
— Wrath of Khan (@WrathOfKhan2016) May 1, 2020
“I will never lie to you. You have my word on that,” said Kayleigh McEnany. “However, I make no promises about being retroactively sarcastic to you 15-20 times per day.”
— pwthm11 (@pwtham11) May 1, 2020
— TZ (@43HOUSE) May 1, 2020
WH press rep and birther Kayleigh McEnany has called gay marriage "farcical" and feminism an "embarrassment." In her first briefing she promised "I will never lie to you." She broke that vow instantly, claiming Jared has done a great job and Trump doesn't support neo-nazis pic.twitter.com/akqDS14S11
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) May 1, 2020
“AP's Jill Colvin:
"Will you pledge to never lie to us?", pleaded the reporter.
"I will never lie to you. You have my word on that.", lied Ms. McEnany.
— ??Robin Kristy?? (@RobinKristy) May 1, 2020
I didn’t care for Kayleigh McEnany’s first and last press briefing:
“I will never lie to you.”
“Jared Kushner is doing a great job.”
“Donald Trump was exonerated for Russia.”
“My hair is naturally blonde.”
“Brett Kavanaugh is a saint.”
— Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine (@zaharako) May 1, 2020
Despite her promise, it doesn’t look like America is holding high hopes for Kayleigh McEnany’s honesty in representing Donald Trump with the press.