Kayleigh McEnany has gained a reputation for refusing to back down since taking on the role of White House press secretary. On Monday, that reason for that reputation was on full display.
McEnany opened her press conference with a strong statement on the wide-spread rioting that has ravaged many of the country’s left-leaning major cities. “The President shows up,” she began. “When the Trump administration arrives in a Democrat-run city engulfed in chaos, peace is restored, law and order is upheld.”
That appears to have been a reference to Kenosha, a Wisconsin town that saw protesting, riots, and widespread destruction after the August 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake.
While Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) originally rebuffed Trump’s offer to send federal assistance in quelling the disturbance, he changed his mind following another night of rioting that culminated in three individuals being shot.
Video footage of the incident compiled by New York Times reporter Christiaan Triebert appears to show 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse opening fire after being attacked by multiple assailants.
According to a statement released on Monday from Rittenhouse’s attorney, the teenage lifeguard was acting in self-defense.
Media focuses on Trump supporters, ignores antifa
McEnany was also asked about a pro-Trump event in Portland over the weekend that ended with a Patriot Prayer supporter being fatally shot.
A reporter specifically asked her to address the reported use of paintballs and mace by some parade participants to drive off protesters who were seen throwing objects at them.
A fiery McEnany let loose on the reporter: “If you’re going to ask about paintballs, it’s incredible that, for 90 days, I’ve stood at this podium talking about officers who have been — lasers flashed in their eyes in an attempt to blind them; commercial-grade fireworks being thrown at them.”
“A church, right out here, burning down; the people that were harassed and yelled at — Senator Rand Paul, Dan Bongino — right out here,” she continued.
“And you’re going to ask me about a paintball video when, in fact, for 90 days we’ve seen horrific, horrific violence by Antifa, a radical anarchist organization, and you’re going to ask me about a paintball video I have yet to see and neither has the President.” Watch below: