[Watch] Most-Asked Question At White House Press Conference: When Will Trump Accept Defeat?
Kayleigh McEnany was asked repeatedly, at a press conference on Friday, variations on one important question: at what point will Donald Trump accept defeat and move forward appropriately with the transition process? Though her primary answer was no answer at all — essentially saying that this can’t be determined until all litigation is completed — McEnany did give away a few small pieces of information.
During her press conference, McEnany was asked repeatedly about transitioning to Joe Biden’s administration.
(The video below should start at the point when McEnany enters the room. If it doesn’t, you can skip to the 31 minutes, 10 seconds mark to get there.)
These questions included what the path forward would be if, as Trump’s attorneys allege, there is ever actual evidence of widespread election fraud; whether Trump’s meeting with Michigan legislators is intended to pressure them to appoint GOP electors against the will of their constituents; at what point Trump will concede and proceed with transition; whether he will make the call after the lawsuits are all completed; and whether Trump has attempted to prevent officials from working with the Biden team.
McEnany reiterated several times a few certain points: the campaign would be in better position to answer than she would, but there are currently court cases in progress, and there will be no real answers before then, and that Trump wants “all the legal votes counted.” Regarding the afternoon meeting with lawmakers, she passed it off as routine and ‘not advocacy’ — “there will be no one from the campaign there.” She also denied that anyone was being prevented from working with Biden’s team.
Responding to shouts throughout the event of “When will you admit you lost the election?” and similar, she said, pausing before leaving the room, “I don’t take questions from activists.”
However, when pressed on the question of whether lawsuit completion, electoral voting, or some other milestone was key, she did refer to the ‘Constitutional process of electors casting their ballots” — though it wasn’t clear if this was a hint of an answer, or more pure deflection.
McEnany also took time out to complain about the difficult time Trump had with his own transition, painting it as a series of unfair attacks on him rather than legitimate investigations into Russian interference into the 2016 election, and hinting that these justify his administration’s refusal to proceed appropriately in the current transition.