WH Press Secretary Makes A Fool Of Herself At Post-SCOTUS Press Conference


White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany put on quite the spectacle at a Thursday press conference hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Manhattan authorities fundamentally could access President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Amazingly, she tried to spin the ruling as a victory for the president, although seven out of the nine justices on the court ruled against the president and insisted that there was no basis for the president’s legal team’s arguments. They referred the case to a lower court for further proceedings, but they’ve made the state-of-play clear — the president’s team’s arguments, as-is, are rubbish.

But that didn’t stop McEnany. At her Thursday press conference, she said:

‘President Trump is gratified by today’s decision by the Supreme Court in Trump v. Mazars.’

Besides the nonsensical assertion that the ruling is somehow actually a victory for the president, Trump is clearly not “gratified” by the ruling. In the original case, he sued his personal accounting firm — Mazars USA — and the office of the Manhattan District Attorney in an effort to keep Mazars from complying with a subpoena that the DA office had issued. After the ruling in the Mazars case came out, Trump tweeted:

‘The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!.. Courts in the past have given “broad deference”. BUT NOT ME!’

Are we seriously supposed to believe that he’s doing great when, over on his Twitter feed, he’s melting down with accusations that he’s been subjected to “political prosecution”?

The Thursday ridiculousness from McEnany didn’t stop there. She also trotted out a laughably outdated excuse for the president’s refusal to release his tax returns: an IRS audit. She claimed that Trump’s taxes are under audit — which is a claim that the Trump team has been making for years — and she claimed that when that possibly imaginary audit is complete, he’ll release his tax returns. There is zero evidence that Trump ever has any indication of voluntarily releasing his tax returns, and there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of an actual IRS audit, either.

A reporter pointed out to McEnany:

‘The president can release his taxes whenever he likes. So why should Americans, at this point, believe that the president isn’t trying to hide something?’

And that’s when she wheeled out the same nonsense excuse that Americans have been hearing for years. At this point, it’s laughably ridiculous for them to try it again. Why do they expect anyone to take them seriously?

McEnany replied:

‘The media has been asking this question for four years, and for four years, the president has said the same thing: his taxes are under audit, and when they are no longer under audit, he will release them.’

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Trump’s tax returns could ultimately be relevant for a wide variety of investigative purposes, from revealing fraud to revealing financial entanglements with foreign powers on the president’s part.