Kayleigh McEnany’s statement that she did not lie during her tenure as press secretary under Donald Trump’s administration has sparked fierce backlash.
Ms. McEnany, who served as the White House spokeswoman from April 2020 to January 2021, said Sunday that she was a “woman of faith” and a mother who prevented her from lying.
“As a devout woman, as the mother of Baby Blake, as a person who meticulously prepared in some of the toughest institutions in the world, I never lied,” she told an audience at the Young Women’s Leadership Summit at Turning Point USA.
“I got my information. But that will never stop the press from calling you a liar, ”she said when slamming the media for the label.
“Our motto was, ‘Only insult,'” she told the crowd. “Because I knew what we were up against. Republicans always get the bad headlines, always the wrong stories, always the lies – if I may use that word – that are told by the press. There is one standard for Democrats and another for Republicans. And we have to be on the offensive. ”
Political commentators and critics were quick to respond to Ms. McEnany’s claim never to lie to the press. “You even lie about God now,” wrote author Don Winslow.
“Lying about lies is one thing, but putting that on your baby is a whole new level of fucking. Apparently she thinks lies are an opinion. (sic) ”wrote one user.
“It has no relation to the truth,” wrote another user.
However, this is not the first time Ms. McEnany has made such a claim. At her first briefing in May 2020, she made the same promise to a group of journalists. “I will never lie to you, you have my word on that.”
However, with multiple fact checks, her vow to the press was tested several times during her nine-month tenure.
According to PolitiFact, an American nonprofit fact-checking website, Ms. McEnany’s testimony was either “mostly false,” “false” and false, accompanied by a “ridiculous claim,” about 56 percent of the time.
She was “mostly” honest only 28 percent of the times the organization verified her claims. This means that, while their statements were correct, they needed “more clarification or additional information”.
However, the PolitiFact Scorecard found that there were no cases where it had verified the facts and found its statement to be entirely accurate without missing any material information.