New White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany previously gained notoriety as a lone voice in support of Donald Trump during her many appearances on CNN — and now, she has ascended to an enviable platform from which to answer back when journalists go on the attack against the president.
But while McEnany’s initial performances have earned accolades from many, she has also come under fire from the likes of conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg, who smeared McEnany’s approach as “indefensible and grotesque” on Sunday, Breitbart reported.
McEnany under fire
Goldberg’s verbal assault on McEnany came during a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace, who also had nothing nice to say about the job the new press secretary was doing in terms of interacting with the White House press pool.
Wallace played a clip of McEnany from the White House briefing on Friday during which she had closed out the session by posing a series of pertinent unanswered questions to the media about the Obama administration’s alleged spying on the Trump campaign and incoming administration and instructed the reporters to do some homework in that regard over the long holiday weekend.
“It’s a long weekend. You guys have three days to follow up on those questions,” she said. “And I certainly hope the next time I ask, some hands go up, because Obama’s spokesperson should be asked those questions because President Trump’s spokespeople certainly would be.”
“Indefensible and grotesque”
After playing a snippet of McEnany’s entreaty to the White House reporters, Wallace seemed to defend the Obama administration’s actions and turned to Goldberg for his reaction to what had occurred, but not before taking a shot of his own at the new press secretary by referencing his own time decades ago as a member of the White House press pool.
“I have to say that if Kayleigh McEnany had told Sam Donaldson and me what questions we should ask, that would not have gone well,” Wallace said.
With a chuckle, Goldberg replied, “I think her behavior is indefensible and grotesque.
“What Donald Trump wants in a press secretary is a Twitter troll who goes on attack, doesn’t actually care about doing the job they have, and instead wants to impress, really, an audience of one, and make another part of official Washington another one of these, essentially cable news and Twitter gladiatorial arenas, and it’s a sign of the defining of deviancy down in our politics, and it’s only going to make things worse,” Goldberg added.
Wow. On Fox News Sunday, Jonah Goldberg bashes Kayleigh McEnany’s work as press secretary as “indefensible and grotesque,” like a “Twitter troll” in cable-news combat. pic.twitter.com/p4O0H4Ljit
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) May 24, 2020
Keep your friends close…
Both Wallace and Goldberg have made it no secret — Goldberg especially — that they despise President Trump with a passion and hold nothing but utter disdain for those closely associated with him, especially when those associates are effective at what they do or undermine the anti-Trump narratives that Goldberg and Wallace are so keen to follow.
To that end, conservative commentator and Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway tweeted a video of the segment and accurately wrote: “One measure of any press secretary’s effectiveness is who, precisely, is enraged by them.”
Folks like Goldberg and Wallace would prefer Trump and his spokespeople meekly bow before the media’s incessant oppositional behavior, and they simply can’t stand the fact that this president, unlike others before him, fights fire with fire and has no problem punching back the ankle-biting media trolls with the same level of contempt shown to him and his supporters.