The White House press secretary just gave members of the media a good old-fashioned scolding.
The Washington Examiner reports that Kayleigh McEnany chided reporters at the end of Monday’s press briefing for focusing their questions on one of President Donald Trump’s recent tweets, while ignoring the increased violence that took place in major cities over the weekend.
Not one question
It is indeed the case that major cities across America — New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and others — saw an rise in violent crime over the Independence Day weekend. Yet, White House reporters ignored the issue completely at Monday’s briefing, and their neglect got to McEnany.
“I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths in this country this weekend,” she said, according to the Examiner. “I didn’t receive one question about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week and over the last seven days, shootings skyrocket by 142%. Not one question. I didn’t receive one question about five children who were killed.”
Reporters instead spent most of the briefing asking questions about the controversy surrounding NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, on which President Trump recently decided to opine.
Focus on Wallace
The situation involving Wallace came to the forefront when the FBI conducted a hate crime investigation after a noose was allegedly discovered in Wallace’s garage at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, as CBS News noted. In the end, the FBI completed its probe and found that no hate crime had been committed, which led President Trump to put out the following tweet:
“Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?” Trump wrote. “That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”
The “flag decision” to which the president referred is NASCAR’s move to ban the confederate flag from all organization events and properties, as ESPN reported. This issue formed the basis of most of the questions directed at McEnany, and she was not happy about the fact.
“I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag,” she said. “This president is focused on action. I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths in this country this weekend.”
McEnany’s parting shot
Since reporters all but ignored the devastating bloodshed that occurred in America’s cities over the preceding weekend, McEnany decided to take it upon herself to raise awareness about the issue, quoting a father who lost his young child in the violence.
“They say ‘black lives matter’? You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody,” McEnany quoted the father as saying.
Before exiting the press room, McEnany issued a succinct, yet much-needed reminder in this time of crisis, saying, “We need to be focused on securing our streets, making sure no lives are lost, because all black lives matter. Thank you.”