WATCH: McEnany Reads First White House Statement About Capitol Riot
It took a full 24 hours but late Thursday afternoon White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany finally issued the first official White House statement about the Capitol Hill riot that her boss, Donald Trump, incited on Wednesday. Trump himself remains out of sight and incommunicado having been kicked off all of his major social media accounts.
It was a classic McEnany performance in one of her final appearances in the James Brady Briefing Room. She strode into the room, opened her binder, read about two minutes worth of the most perfunctory verbiage about one of the most traumatic days in the history of Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Capitol, then turned on her heel and left the room without acknowledging any of the gathered reporters’ shouted questions.
“I am here to deliver this message on behalf of the entire White House. Let me be clear. The violence we saw yesterday at our nation’s Capitol was appalling, reprehensible and antithetical to the American way. We condemn it, the president and this administration, in the strongest possible terms. It is unacceptable and those that broke the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“I stood here at this podium the day after a historic church burned amid violent riots and I said this: ‘The First Amendment guarantees the right of the people to peaceably assemble. What we saw last night in Washington, D.C., and across the country was not that.’ En quote. Make no mistake – what we saw yesterday in the halls of our Capitol was not that.
“Those who violently besieged our Capitol are the opposite of everything that this administration stands for.”
You can watch the entire insincere, robotic performance here, courtesy of C-Span.