Kayleigh McEnany Said Donald Trump Hadn’t Seen The Paintball Video — But He Tweeted It The Day Before
In a press conference Monday, Kayleigh McEnany was asked about Donald Trump’s response to right-wing groups going into Portland with paintball guns that they used to shoot protestors. She responded by saying that she doubted Trump had seen that video. He tweeted it the day before, adding his own defense.
In a press conference, Kayleigh McEnany answered a number of questions about protests and deaths in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Portland, Oregon. Asked about a group of Trump supporters who rode into Portland with Trump flags and paintball guns. She was asked
Reporter: The video of them shooting paintballs at people…is that patriotic activity?
McEnany: I don’t think the president has seen that video, nor have I.
Below is Trump’s tweet, sharing the video in question.
The big backlash going on in Portland cannot be unexpected after 95 days of watching and incompetent Mayor admit that he has no idea what he is doing. The people of Portland won’t put up with no safety any longer.The Mayor is a FOOL. Bring in the National Guard! https://t.co/bM6ypak94t
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2020
The text of the tweet he shared describes the content as Trump supporters shooting paintballs, with New York Times correspondent Mike Baker noting that he was also shot.
Trump added his own commentary, saying, “The big backlash going on in Portland cannot be unexpected after 95 days of watching and incompetent Mayor admit that he has no idea what he is doing. The people of Portland won’t put up with no safety any longer.”
The original tweet was posted late Saturday night, and Trump’s share and editorializing on the matter came on Sunday morning — more than a day before McEnany suggested that the president had probably not seen it yet.
Trump later defended the use of paintball guns, asserting that paint was defensive, rather than a weapon.