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.
‘Absolute immunity:’ Kayleigh McEnany claims Trump has monarch-like powers despite Supreme Court ruling
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday said that President Donald Trump continues to believe that he has "absolute immunity" from prosecution despite a Supreme Court ruling that said otherwise.
At a White House briefing, McEnany argued that a high court ruling which gives prosecutors the right to subpoena Trump's financial records is actually a "win for the president."
"The president was making general point about deference and on the principal of absolute immunity," she explained. "He believes there should have been more deference [to him by the court]."
Biden beats Trump to the punch with massive ‘Buy American’ spending package — and GOP allies are fuming
Some of President Donald Trump's "economic nationalist" allies are furious that Joe Biden beat the White House to the punch with a "Buy American" policy push.
The president's former chief strategist Steve Bannon told the Washington Post's Jeff Stein that Biden's $300 billion domestic spending proposal was "very smart," and said the likely Democratic nominee had scored a win.
"The campaign and White House have been caught flat-footed," Bannon said. "Biden has very smart people around him, particularly on the economic side."
Fox News pundit: Tax returns ruling against Trump is ‘a win for him’ and ‘will help the president’
Fox News pundit Katie Pavlich argued on Thursday that a Supreme Court ruling which opened the door for prosecutors to obtain Donald Trump's tax returns is actually "a win" for the president.
Pavlich made the remarks after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance can request the president's tax records in a public corruption case.
"I think it's a win and a little bit of a loss for President Trump," Pavlich explained. "In the sense that he will now have to deal with a number of these issues and other presidents in the future will as well, whether they are valid requests for information or not and whether they are being made for political for reasons or for valid criminal investigations."