On Thursday, CNN went through some of their recent archives to pull out statements that newly anointed White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany made about her new boss, Donald Trump. It turns out that a lot of those statements were no good. I mean, they were honest—they just aren’t good for the job she has now.
An example of some of McEnany’s “critical” statements about Trump: In 2015 she called Trump’s racist statement about Mexican immigrants being “drug dealers” and “rapists” … “racist.” She went on to explain: “Some of the things we heard in his speech when he said, when Mexico sends people across the border, they're sending criminals and rapists and maybe some good people. Look, the GOP doesn't need to be turning away voters and isolating them. We need to be bringing them into the tent. Donald Trump is the last person who's going to do that." She also called Trump’s rhetoric “hateful” and derogatory.”
McEnany also went out of her way to lament the idea that Trump was being called a Republican, and said his entire campaign as a Republican was “inauthentic.” While McEnany did not respond to CNN’s questions about her change of heart, she did address it in the most spectacular way at a press conference on Friday, saying: "For about the first four weeks of the election, I was watching CNN and I was naively believing some of the headlines that I saw on CNN. I very quickly came around and supported the president. In fact, CNN hired me."
CNN did hire her. That’s on them, for sure. But the idea that you call someone a racist, quoting their speeches where they are in fact being racist, as the result of a few headlines you read is … intergalactic sociopathy. It’s so far beyond lying that I really can’t call it that. It shows not simply a lack of compassion for the people hurt by Trump’s statements, subsequent policies, and lies, but also a complete disdain for people’s base intelligence.
Here’s some fake news video for you showing a more naive McEnany thinking she should hitch her wagon to some other useless Republican like Ted Cruz, or maybe Jeb Bush.
CNN does acknowledge that by the end of the summer of 2015, McEnany had changed her tune, almost psychopathically contradicting everything she had previously said: "He said when Mexico sends people, that is different. Mariel boat lift, Cubans and criminals. That is not an absurd thought, but people tried to paint him as a racist and sexist. But he benefits from that because people are tired of this politically correct culture, where you have to say everything perfectly correct, or else you are going to offend an entire segment of society." (Italics are me rolling my eyes.)