Fmr. Trump White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: 'I Never Lied' While Working For 45
Grab your fire extinguishers, folks! Roughly five months after leaving The White House as a part of the Trump-Administration-to-Fox-News-Pipeline, former Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's pants are still evidently on fire. Despite her long history of making bogus statements, alleging that former President Donald Trump “never downplayed the [Covid-19] virus" (he explicitly confessed to doing so in an interview with Bob Woodward) and that “Biden admits to voter fraud” (citing a video taken out of context), on Sunday, McEnany claimed that she never once told a lie during her time working for 45.
“And then there was the question, will you ever lie to us?” she told the crowd attending Turning Point USA's Young Women’s Leadership Summit in Dallas of her relationship with the media. ”And I said without hesitation, ‘No’, and I never did, as a woman of faith, as a mother of baby Blake, as a person who meticulously prepared at some of the world’s hardest institutions, I never lied. I sourced my information, but that will never stop the press from calling you a liar.” Of course! Forget about Rachel Dozeal, Jim Jones, and the existence of Santa Claus, it's true – mothers or people of faith are rendered absolutely incapable of telling even the teeniest tiniest fib.
Despite this seemingly heartfelt defense, fact-checkers would still more-than likely take significant issue with her speech. According to PolitiFact, 0% of the former Press Secretary's seven fact-checked claims were entirely true, while 28% of her statements were either “mostly true” or straight-up "false." Furthermore, she even received the highly-coveted pants-on-fire ranking for her aforementioned comment about former President Trump downplaying the dangers of Covid-19.
Fact Checkers aside, McEnany's fibbing habit even famously landed her a ban from Jake Tapper's CNN program. “There are some people that are so mendacious, I just wouldn’t put them on air,” the anchor told Brian Stelter during his show, Reliable Sources last December. “Kayleigh McEnany, I never booked her. Jason Miller from the Trump campaign, I would never book him. These are just people who tell lies the way that most people breathe. There was no value in that," he continued, adding that the former press secretary “couldn't acknowledge reality.”
Considering her hot take earlier this week, it seems some things never change.