On Tuesday the White House announced that press secretary Stephanie Grisham was being shifted back to the East Wing where she will once work for first Lady Melania Trump after having never held a press conference during her tenure. To take Grisham’s place, Donald Trump has selected Kayleigh McEnany who has an extensive history of appearances on the cable networks — many of them spiraling into contentious exchanges with hosts and fellow guests alike.
Prior to becoming the spokesperson for the president’s 2020 re-election campaign, the job she is leaving to join the president more closely in the White House, the graduate of Harvard law school was a recognizable face on CNN where she was a regular –and combative — contributor.
Below is a sampling of some of her appearances where she raged against the hosts, attempted to talk over her co-panelists and generally did everything she could to defend the president against any slight, real or imagined.
On January 5, 2019, McEnany engaged in a shouting match with former Republican congressional aide Kurt Bardella over guns in the wake of the shooting death of a police officer, with the future White House spokesperson attempting to turn it into immigration issue instead of the fact that there is a glut of guns on the streets of America.
Back in June of 2018, McEnany was furious after that Democratic strategist Peter Emerson said the Constitution was written with wealthy white men in mind, to which she replied, “The Constitution is the founding document of the greatest country on earth and for you to cast it in a racial light is absolutely ridiculous.”
In 2017, McEnany got into a squabble with political commentator Sally Kohn over accusations of sexual harassment lodged against Donald Trump and former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly.
During the exchange, McEnany insisted, “There are “two sets of rights” in sexual harassment cases, the “rights of the women, also the rights of the defendant.” She argued her fellow panelists were “extreme” for wanting to “nullify [O’Reilly’s] rights”
In a particularly memorable exchange in 2019, the Trump spokesperson got into a heated argument with Mother Jones editor David Corn over the president’s involvement with Russia, that led Corn to accuse of her lying by saying “That’s crap.”
In 2018, McEnany battled the former counsel to the House Republicans and Democrat Peter Emerson after it was revealed that first daughter Ivanka Trump had been conducting government business via a private email account which spiraled into a shouting match on both sides.
Democrat Teresa Greenfield leads GOP Sen. Joni Ernst in ‘Gold Standard’ poll of Iowa
The Des Moines Register released their latest polling of Iowa on Saturday.
"Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst by 3 percentage points in a Senate race that appears to be among the most competitive in the country," the newspaper reported. "With just over six weeks to Election Day, the new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows Greenfield leading 45% to 42% among likely voters. Another 3% say they would vote for someone else, 2% say they would not vote in the race and 7% are unsure."
Trump promises America we will never see him again if Biden wins
President Donald Trump insisted he would withdraw from public life should he lose the 2020 presidential election.
Trump, who has been a public figure since he started appearing in tabloid stories in the 1980s, made the promise during a campaign rally North Carolina on Saturday.
"If I lose to him, I don't know what I'm going to do," Trump said, in comments that will stoke fears he may try to hold onto power regardless of the will of the voters.
"I will never speak to you again, you'll never see me," he vowed.
Trump was quickly ridiculed for his remarks. Here's some of what people were saying:
Lincoln Project releases devastating new ad against Republican Lindsey Graham
The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee had his own words used against him in a hard-hitting new ad from the Lincoln Project.
"If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait till the next election," Graham promised The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg in October of 2018.
It wasn't the only time Graham had made such a claim, as was pointed out by Vanita Gupta, the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.