For reasons we’re all fully aware of despite the fact that they will go to their collective graves never admitting as much, Donald Trump and much of his team have a really nasty habit of choking on their racism any time they’re asked to clearly and plainly denounce white supremacy.
Frankly, that’s been made crystal clear after the downright disgusting debacle during Tuesday night’s round of 2020 presidential debates, in which Trump was plainly asked to denounce the far-right, neo-fascist group, Proud Boys, only to respond with, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem.” — a statement that the Proud Boys themselves took as a call to action.
Since then, his team of dimwits hasn’t done a thing to make it any better.
Don Jr. called it nothing more than a “misspeak,” Trump himself fell back of his age-old tactic of simply denying that he even knows who they are, and now his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is bringing up the rear as she dances around a similar question instead of just answering like a normal human being when asked to clearly condemn white supremacy.
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During today’s press briefing, McEnany was asked by none other than Trump’s beloved Fox News to clearly, concisely, and categorically condemn white supremacy on behalf of the president.
Instead of just answering “yes” Kayleigh did quite the jig.
“To start off, I’d like to ask you for a definitive and declarative statement, without ambiguity or deflection,” the Fox News correspondent began. “As the person who speaks for the president, does the president denounce white supremacism and groups that espouse it in all their forms?”
She could’ve said “Yes.” She should have said “Yes.” That’s it. That’s all we needed. Just “Yes.” But noooo… That is not what Kayleigh did.
“This has been answered,” Kayleigh fired back, “yesterday by the president himself. The day before by the president himself on the debate stage. The president was asked this. He said ‘sure’ three times. Yesterday he was point blank asked, ‘Do you denounce white supremacy?’ And he said ‘I’ve always denounced any form of that.'”
Kayleigh continued to ramble through a bunch of non-answers but the Fox reporter wasn’t having it, doubling down, “But just to clear it up this morning, can you, naming it, make a declarative statement that the president denounces it?”
Once again, she still did not just say “Yes.” Instead shooting back, “I just did.”
LADY! All you gotta do is just say “Yes”!
Can it even get any clearer at this point?!
You can watch the clip here:
Kayleigh McEnany dances around a question from Fox News asking her to categorically condemn white supremacists. Very bizarre. pic.twitter.com/7xoyMHPTxa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 1, 2020
Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore
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