White House Press Secretary Lies About Election, Calls Thanksgiving Coronavirus Restrictions ‘Orwellian’ As Pandemic Rages

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany rattled off a series of lies relating to the 2020 election and restrictions on travel and social gatherings for Thanksgiving, claiming that safety precautions are “Orwellian” as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen.

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McEnany appeared on Fox and Friends, whom host Brian Kilmeade said was “functioning with us today as the White House press secretary.”

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McEnany said that President Donald Trump “has always said he would engage in peaceful transfer of power if the facts bare out that way” into President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration (this is a lie – Trump has said the opposite on numerous occasions).

“But the president believes, and so too do many others, that if every legal vote is counted, he will remain president,” McEnany continued. “He’s pursuing litigation and always wants what’s in the best interest of our country.”

Next, McEnany blamed former President Barack Obama for a “stockpile that was left empty” (Obama was out of office when COVID-19 was discovered, though he did provide Trump with a comprehensive pandemic response plan, which his administration successfully executed multiple times during his eight years in the White House).

McEnany then suggested that Trump will serve a second term.

Trump has “left an infrastructure in place where COVID can be handled and we believe that we will do so going forward in a second Trump Administration,” McEnany said.

This too is false. Trump was defeated 306-232 in the Electoral College and by nearly six million in the national popular vote. Trump’s baseless allegations of voter fraud have fizzled and his attempts to sue his way into a second term are a frivolous grift.

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But when it comes to measures that can slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, McEnany sided with conspiracy theorists and science deniers, and contradicted the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Host Steve Doocy tried to get McEnacy to acknowledge the severity of the crisis.

“We know all across the country, Kayleigh, cases are spiking, unfortunately, and this is the week before Thanksgiving where families are gonna be together, and there a number of governors who are suggesting, ‘look, you don’t need to be in a big group, particularly if people are outside your bubble.’ What do you think of these suggestions and guidelines some of the governors have given in advance of this? Because it is a super-contagious disease,” he asked.

“I think a lot of the guidelines you’re seeing are Orwellian,” McEnany replied. “Let me start by saying that the CDC has put out considerations as we prepare to go about Thanksgiving, about socially distancing, wearing masks, doing what you can, and there’s a whole list, a page of very good considerations and in that they say, ‘we’re not recommending a certain number of people but we are getting considerations that you should put in place, and I think that’s the American way.”

Trump’s top taxpayer-funded propagandist continued:

“The American people know how to protect their health. We’ve dealt with COVID for many months. But it’s Orwellian in a place like Oregon to say, ‘If you gather in numbers more than six, we might come to your house and arrest you, and you get 30 days of jail time.’ That’s not the American way. We don’t lose our freedom in this country. We make responsible health decisions as individuals.”

Americans have not collectively done a good job at curbing the spread of COVID-19, mostly because of a complete lack of coherent leadership from the Trump Administration. At least 11.5 million Americans have gotten infected with the coronavirus, and more than 250,000 have died. New cases are approaching 200,000 per day.

Trump’s own bout with virus, his superspreader events at the White House and around the country, and the scores of West Wing staffers and administration officials who have contracted the coronavirus – are testaments to the reckless disinterest the Trump Administration has demonstrated toward protecting the public.

Doocy pointed out to McEnany that earlier this year, the White House put the onus on individual states to handle the virus in the ways they best saw fit.

“Ultimately, didn’t the White House say, ‘Do what you want to do?’” Doocy asked.

McEnany responded with buzzwords about freedom.

“Yeah, of course. It’s up to every state to do what they want to do, but there are consequences for those states,” McEnany said. Americans “are a freedom-loving people. We can make good decisions. We can wash our hands, wear masks, socially distance. But we can also decide in our own personal domicile, our own home, whether we can have our family members present at any given time,” she added. “That is the American way. That is freedom.”

McEnany tried to reassure the American people that Trump opted to stay in Washington instead of spending Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago because he is “hard at work.”

Trump “is hard at work – he’s hard at work on COVID among other issues, drawing down our number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, bringing our men and women home. He’s hard at work, and so he’s staying here at the White House and it will be a lovely Thankgiving for him and the First Lady here in the White House,” said McEnany.

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The president has not attended a coronavirus task force in months, and if his Twitter is any indication, firing people who disagree with him is what is dominating his daily agenda.

On Tuesday, Trump played golf while 1,615 Americans died from COVID-19. A further 10,000 could lose their lives between now and Thanksgiving.

But at least Trump will have a nice meal.

Sixty-three days until the inauguration.

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