WH Press Secretary Becomes Hysterical With Reporters At Friday Presser

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At a heated press conference this Friday, Never Trumper-turned-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany ranted against reporters over their concern about issues like President Donald Trump’s demand that houses of worship be allowed to reopen right away, no matter concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus. At one point, she even insinuated that reporters specifically did not want to see churches reopened, although there is no evidence supporting McEnany’s attempt to turn basic questions of public health and safety into some kind of flashpoint for a culture war. Reuters reporter Jeff Mason noted right then and there that he himself is an avid churchgoer and that the concern is with basic questions of safety.

Initially asked what authority Trump would even use to “override” governors and demand that churches reopen, as he threatened to do, McEnany suggested that the reporter was “posing a hypothetical.” In reality, Trump had just moments prior to her own remarks very clearly spelled out that he was prepared, under non-existent authority, to “override” governors and reopen churches.

Launching into conventionally Trumpian but entirely hollow melodrama, McEnany commented:

‘I think we can all hope that this Sunday, people are allowed to pray to their Gods across this country. That’s a good thing… The president will strongly encourage every governor to allow their churches to reopen, and boy it’s interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed.’

The idea that stay-at-home orders that have been imposed amidst the Coronavirus pandemic have anything whatsoever to do with specifically singling out religious people to bar them from their places of worship is laughably ridiculous and entirely disconnected from reality.

As reporter Jeff Mason put it:

‘Kayleigh, I object to that. I go to church. I’m dying to go back to church. The questions that we’re asking you and would like to have asked the president.. is, is it safe? And, if it’s not safe, is the president trying to encourage that?’

McEnany refused to acknowledge the possibility that it would not be safe. Watch below:

The president and his allies resort to grandiose culture war arguments in an attempt to conceal their brazen incompetence surrounding Coronavirus issues, it seems. Eventually, McEnany even took what may have been a planted, pre-planned question from far-right “reporter” Chanel Rion about whether Trump was going to pardon former President Barack Obama for the supposed crimes that he committed amidst the Russia investigation. The entire premise of that question — that crimes were committed in the first place — is ludicrous, but McEnany took the question as an excuse to launch into a tirade about the supposed misdeeds of the Obama administration anyway.

The U.S. death toll from the Coronavirus will soon hit 100,000. When will those in charge start taking the crisis seriously? It is not some kind of plot to make the president look bad, although in the early days, that is the exact conspiracy theory that the president and his allies ran with far and wide.