During the White House press briefing on July 6, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was visibly annoyed by the media’s questions and shamed reporters for not asking more questions about what she perceived to be more pressing matters. In particular, she was annoyed that no one asked about the rise in violence amid the Black Lives Matter protests over the holiday weekend.
At the end of the presser, McEnany said, “Finally, I’d like to end with this: You know, I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag. This president is focused on action. I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths that we got in this country this weekend. I didn’t receive one question about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week and over the last 7 days, shootings skyrocket by 142%. Not one question.”
While reporter’s voices can be heard objecting to McEnany’s prepared speech, she doesn’t pause to let anyone else speak and continues to voice her disappointment to the room of journalists at the White House on July 6.
Kayleigh McEnany ends press briefing by lecturing reporters for asking her about Trump's Confederate flag tweet but not the spike in murders over the weekend.
Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner: "That was quite the mic drop" pic.twitter.com/TK9ZrZ3xTo
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 6, 2020
McEnany said she was angry not to receive “one question about five children who were killed. And I’ll leave you with this remark by a dad that broke my heart, a dad of an 8-year-old lost in Atlanta this weekend. ‘They say Black lives matters? You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody’ was his quote. We need to be focused on securing our streets, making sure no lives are lost, because all Black lives matter. That of David Dorn and that of this 8-year-old girl.”
McEnany Berated the Press in May for Not Asking Questions About ‘Obamagate’
During the White House coronavirus press briefing on May 22, McEnany presented the media with her own line of questions in regards to “Obamagate” after no reporter asked about it.
Even though Trump had kicked off the briefing to discuss the opening of churches and places of worship amid coronavirus, McEnany cut off reporters’ questions about that topic to ask questions about Michael Flynn.
McEnany had prepared “a series of questions that any good journalist would want to answer” and wondered, “did anyone take it upon themselves to pose any questions about Michael Flynn and unmasking a President Obama spokesperson? Oh! Not a single journalist has posed that question.”
She then said, “Perhaps, if I write them out in a slide format, maybe we’re visual learners and you guys will follow up with journalistic curiosity.” She asked, “Why was Lieutenant Michael Flynn UNMASKED … by Obama’s chief of staff, by … Joe Biden, by Susan Rice, by the Treasury secretary?” and “Why was Flynn’s identity leaked in a criminal act?”
WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stooped answering questions and turned the White House briefing into a slideshow of “questions for Obama” related to Michael Flynn she wants the press to ask Obama’s spokespeople over the long weekend pic.twitter.com/e7PwL2HChw
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) May 22, 2020
Her slides also included the questions “Why Did the DOJ learn about the FBI’s interest in Flynn’s conversations with the Russian Amb. from a CONVERSATION WITH OBAMA in the Oval Office?” and “Why did James Clapper, John Brennan, Samantha Power, and Susan Rice privately ADMIT UNDER OATH that they had no evidence of collusion while saying the opposite publicly?”
CNN cut away from the White House briefing in the middle of McEnany’s slideshow, but the press conference continued to air on other channels.