President Donald Trump’s new press secretary came to his defense against “Fake Dr.” Joe Scarborough.
Kayleigh McEnany called out the MSNBC host after he accused Trump of lying about his taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent the coronavirus, the Washington Examiner reported.
McEnany slams Scarborough
Hydroxychloroquine has been a political football in recent weeks, thanks to President Trump’s advocacy on behalf of the anti-malarial drug as a treatment for COVID-19.
The media establishment has contended for months that Trump has endangered the public by praising the drug, and journalists were positively outraged when Trump revealed on Monday that he is taking it himself as a preventative measure.
Scarborough joined a chorus of critics who felt that Trump’s message was irresponsible and dangerous, or possibly even untruthful. The MSNBC host alleged that the shocking news was meant to serve as a “distraction” from Trump’s “failures” in responding to the coronavirus and that Trump is not actually taking the drug.
McEnany, who has received rapturous praise so far for her viral takedowns of journalists, fired back at the “fake Dr.” and confirmed that Trump is indeed taking it and is healthy.
“Thankfully, President [Donald Trump] is NOT listening to the fake Dr. Scarborough and instead consulted with a real medical doctor before taking [hydroxychloroquine],” she wrote in a tweet, as the Examiner reported. “Happy to report that the President continues to be in great health!”
Media feuds continue
This all comes as Trump has continued a long-running feud with Scarborough, whom he calls “Psycho Joe,” throughout the pandemic. Notably, Trump has repeatedly called for the MSNBC host, who is also a former congressman, to be investigated over the accidental death of a former intern, as the New York Post reported.
“Roger Stone has been treated very unfairly. How about that jury [f]orewoman, does anybody think that was fair. DISGRACEFUL! Stay tuned.,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “And guys like Low Ratings Psycho Joe Scarborough are allowed to walk the streets? Open Cold Case!”
It isn’t just MSNBC hosts who are quarreling with Trump over the anti-malarial drug, however. The president got into a war of words this week with Neil Cavuto of Fox News after the TV host sharply criticized Trump for using hydroxychloroquine, The Hill reported.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that the medication should only be used for the coronavirus in a hospital setting or in clinical trials. McEnany has urged any American who wants to take the drug seek a prescription, like Trump has done, as critics accuse Trump of setting a hazardous example.
In Trump’s war with the “Fake News,” it helps to have a strong deputy, and it looks like he has exactly that in McEnany.