McEnany Election Lies Too Much Even for Fox
Remember back in the good old days of 2020, at the beginning of May when Kayleigh McEnany first appeared before cameras as the newly installed White House press secretary? Associated Press White House correspondent Jill Colvin asked McEnany about her plans for holding daily briefings and directly asked her, “Will you pledge never to lie to us from that podium?”
McEnany’s immediate reply was “I will never lie to you. You have my word on that.”
Now fast forward to Nov. 9, 2020, as McEnany, who is still collecting her taxpayer-funded salary as spokesperson for the Office of the President, nonetheless appeared at a Trump campaign news conference and began spouting Donald Trump’s baseless claims — in other words, lies — of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
She started by telling reporters that she was violating the Hatch Act by appearing as a Trump campaign spokesperson and then accused President-elect Joe Biden, his supporters and vote counters across the country of willfully supporting and engaging in vote counting fraud.
Those falsehoods were too much for Fox News host Neil Cavuto, who pulled the plug. “Whoa, whoa, whoa. We just have to be very clear. She’s charging the other side with welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting. And unless she has more details to back that up I can’t in countenance continue showing you this.”
Cavuto added, “I want to make sure that maybe they do have something back that up. But that’s an explosive charge to make, that the other side is effectively rigging and cheating. If she does bring proof of that, we will take you back.” They did not return to McEnany.
Watch Fox News cut away from Press Sec. McEnany: pic.twitter.com/SwW9cq9bJI
— The Recount (@therecount) November 9, 2020
Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt blasted McEnany for her lies but also had some tough words for Cavuto.
“Look, I’m happy [Neil Cavuto] did that, but he did not go far enough,” said Schmidt. “Watching Kayleigh McEnany talk about honesty and transparency is an obscenity in this country. She’s a serial liar with no credibility who is part of his regime that has done terrible damage to America.”