McEnany’s Former Religious School Teacher Is Now Disappointed in Her

Emma Green of The Atlantic published a profile of White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, on June 25th. The piece focused on McEnany’s rise to press secretary and goes back to her time at a Christian Academy. The article also focused on McEnany’s history as a conservative Christian.

Green wrote, “McEnany began her life as an evangelist among the masses. ‘KMac,’ as she was called, stood out as a Protestant at the Academy of the Holy Names, a Catholic girls’ school in Tampa, Florida, choosing to write about Jesus, whom she called ‘my hero,’ for a sixth-grade poetry assignment: ‘I shout his name,’ McEnany wrote, ‘for he is king.’ She grew up in a conservative Republican household in nearby Plant City, and her father operates a roofing business.”

Green points out that McEnany’s rise to the White House disturbed some of her former Christian teachers. She writes, “McEnany’s role in the Trump administration played differently on the Facebook page of her alma mater, the Academy of the Holy Names. When the school announced her promotion to press secretary, a debate broke out in the comments over whether the academy should be congratulating her at all. Some classmates expressed confusion about how their Christian education aligns with the vision of politics she promotes.”

Green points out that McEnany does have her supporters who defend her as a press secretary, however, one teacher explained how disappointed they are in McEnany. The teacher said to Green, “We taught that truth was not expediency but was the touchstone of relationships. Much of the rhetoric I have read and interviews I have seen when she was a commentator on television show how far from [the academy’s] values she now espouses. This saddens me.”

You can read the entire article here.

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