White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who has not held a press conference in 50 days, just announced she will appear before reporters at noon Friday. McEnany’s last time at the podium was October 1.
White House press briefing at 12:00 PM. See you then!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) November 20, 2020
In that time she has repeatedly appeared on Fox News and other right wing outlets, usually not as a White House official but as a Trump campaign spokesperson and advisor.
The last time McEnany appeared at the podium she “repeatedly refused to denounce white supremacy,” The New York Times had reported that day, “insisting that President Trump had already done so and angrily accusing the media of refusing to accept his answer.”
Reporter: “Does the President denounce white supremacism and groups that espouse it in all of their forms?”
— The Hill (@thehill) October 1, 2020
In a series of remarkably heated exchanges with reporters, even by the standards of the Trump White House, Ms. McEnany said that Mr. Trump has “always denounced any form of that” and read from past quotes from the president in which he condemned bigotry and racism, including “the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.”
But she would not explicitly condemn white supremacy from the briefing room lectern or specifically denounce the Proud Boys, a far-right group that Mr. Trump said should “stand back and stand by” during Tuesday’s presidential debate with Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Meanwhile, experts have accused her of breaking federal law.
Former Clinton White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart says her actions are “against the law.”
It’s getting lost in larger outrages, but @PressSec behavior is both outrageous and damaging. You can not be both a paid government employee and a spokesperson for the White House. It’s against the law. You can’t refer q’s to yourself wearing a different hat. Prosecute this. https://t.co/E9AaP6665z
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) November 12, 2020
Last week McEnany showed it’s not possible to pretend to not be a White House official while representing a political candidate:
WAIT. When asked about whether Joe Biden will receive access to intelligence briefings, Kayleigh McEnany says, “That would be a question more for the White House.”
Kayleigh McEnany IS the WH Press Secretary, though she is appearing on FOX as a Trump 2020 adviser. pic.twitter.com/34gfs72fzE
— The Recount (@therecount) November 12, 2020
“The problem with Kayleigh McEnany is that she is paid with taxpayer dollars and uses that time to volunteer for the president’s already-lost campaign,” said Citizens for Ethics (CREW) in response to McEnany’s Fox appearance.
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Hate-Motivated Murders Double, Hate Crimes Highest Since 2008 – Surge 21 Percent During Trump’s Presidency: FBI
An FBI report released Monday reveals hate crimes under President Donald Trump are surging.
For all of 2019, the latest results available, hate-motivated murders more than doubled, and hate crimes hit their highest level since 2008, when George W. Bush was president. For President Trump’s first three years in office hate crimes surged a staggering 21%.
“The latest rise in hate crime signals a new brutal landscape, where targeted attacks against rotating victim groups not only result in spikes, but increases are also being driven by a more widely dispersed rise in the most violent offenses,” Brian Levin, executive director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, told Voice of America (VOA).
The FBI reports there were “7,314 criminal incidents and 8,559 related offenses as being motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.”
Criminal incidents involving race, ethnicity, or ancestry made up the majority of the crimes, at 57.6%. Religion-based bias crimes were the second-highest, at 20.6% of the total.
Sexual orientation (16.7%) and gender identity (2.7%) bias crimes combined were the third- highest, at 19.4%.
Disability bias crimes comprised 2.0%, and gender bias crimes just under one percent.
Hate-motivated homicides have increased every year since Trump became President.
“Hate-motivated homicides more than doubled to a record 51, driven by attacks carried out by white supremacists, including an August 2019 massacre at an El Paso supermarket which left 23 people dead,” VOA adds.
The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism reveals “racist killers dominated the overall category of ‘extremist motivated’ homicides with a total higher than that of all extremist killings combined for 2018.”
Hate-driven aggravated assaults are now at their highest point in nearly two decades, since 2001.
The “Trump effect” on America and hate-motivated violence is not new. A 2016 study by the Southern Poverty Law Center found “almost 900 incidents of harassment following Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election,” the BBC reported.
“Hate crimes reportedly jumped by 226 percent in counties that hosted Trump campaign rallies,” Vox reported last year.
‘Pure Fascism’: ‘Campaign Photo Op’ Capturing Amy Coney Barrett ‘Flaunting Allegiance’ to Trump Goes Viral
Minutes after Justice Clarence Thomas swore in Amy Coney Barrett Monday night she stood by the side of President Donald Trump on the White House balcony overlooking the South Lawn where guests – all Republicans – were assembled.
A photo of the moment captured by CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller has gone viral, with many pointing to it as proof of Justice Barrett’s fealty to President Trump. Others say it shows a lack of judicial independence, and that it was a choice for her to stand by his side – a poor choice calling in to question her judgment.
Some say it’s tantamount to her appearing in a campaign ad for Trump. Indeed, Trump pinned this quickly-produced taxpayer-funded video featuring Justice Barrett to the top of his Twitter feed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2020
Here’s what people are saying about Justice Barrett choosing to stand by align herself with President Trump.
She’s a justice now and this was a choice. https://t.co/BLIvk0KrRk
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 27, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett makes her first mistake as a SCOTUS justice just moments after becoming a SCOTUS justice:
She takes part in an overly political proceeding affirming just how tawdry the process around her nomination and confirmation have been. https://t.co/15MmDoNQq1
— Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) October 27, 2020
A portrait of disgrace of a woman who feigns piety but has no real morals or principles whatsoever, only a hunger for power. Next to her: a boastful serial predator, accused rapist, life-long racist, separator of children and mothers, vile mass murderer. History will not be kind.
— Mikko Alanne (@MikkoAlanne) October 27, 2020
Girlfriend has a lifetime appointment. He can’t fire her. It’s 7 days before the election. If she can’t say “no” to a campaign photo op, what can she say no to? Disgraceful https://t.co/oLm868wEyI
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) October 27, 2020
Justice Barrett is an extreme right-wing Republican hack: she has a lifetime job on the Supreme Court, but *chose* to spend the first few minutes of her tenure as reelection prop for a fascist wannabe autocrat. https://t.co/ZZBFXYWxss
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) October 27, 2020
Last night a GOP consultant messaged me about this event: “If I’m ACB, I don’t go to this. Looks bad and she doesn’t need him anymore.” https://t.co/EZuhTds3m0
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 27, 2020
This isn’t an impartial jurist but a far-right political hack flaunting allegiance to a political party over the Constitution. This is a sickening image that stains the legitimacy of an already-tarnished court. https://t.co/dcVZABEzqX
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) October 27, 2020
Nothing says “I will be an impartial judge in any election-related cases” like showing up at a rally with one of the litigants https://t.co/im3InJMZVw
— Matt O’Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) October 27, 2020
Gonna be really sweet watching Barrett write mediocre dissents for the next 40 years after we expand the courts. https://t.co/ESk4KJdxh0
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 27, 2020
They share an affection for the theater of fascism. It bonds them. It’s chilling. https://t.co/CO9kGfK4x1
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 27, 2020
Pure fascism. Expand the court. Kill the filibuster. Admit DC and PR. There will be no “moderation.” https://t.co/4zTyibBRvs
— Tom Watson (@tomwatson) October 27, 2020
Sends quite a message about the high court’s independence. https://t.co/yU9Cc12vsR
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) October 27, 2020
This doesn’t look like the separation of powers. https://t.co/BPW9TJidsa
— Mark Pack 🔶 (@markpack) October 27, 2020
Tonight, Barrett had the audacity to say this like we’re all stupid: “This separation of duty from political preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government”
Then she took this campaign photo demonstrating her political preference https://t.co/XWLZYhVSdd
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) October 27, 2020
She is Trump’s justice. Forever. And that stain won’t wash out. https://t.co/YrEeQA0Ssi
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) October 27, 2020
The best thing proponents of court expansion will have for them is this sort of hubris. https://t.co/noa3Do1fHT
— Taniel (@Taniel) October 27, 2020
Why is a Supreme Court Justice doing a campaign event for the President a week before the election? This justice and court are hemorrhaging legitimacy. https://t.co/MLkifOpn1s
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) October 27, 2020
Appearing at a campaign rally for a president while election is going on is a certain way to lower your stature and start career being seen as political hack. This is bad judgment and a mistake. https://t.co/E3lye9WWTl
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) October 27, 2020
The lawyer’s prayer to St. Thomas More: “… stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.” https://t.co/EUtQxxJ3hQ
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) October 27, 2020
Justice Barrett has her own Evita moment.
Telling that her new colleagues (except Clarence Thomas) did not attend what looked like a Trump preelection rally. https://t.co/EOVnbBESgG
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) October 27, 2020
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 27, 2020
This photo is proof that Barrett is a partisan hack, willing to pose for Trump’s campaign
This photo obliterates the idea that she will be an fair arbiter of the law
This photo should be taught in legal ethics classes as a glaring example of unethical behavior https://t.co/XWLZYhVSdd
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) October 27, 2020
“Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.”
— Cristian Farias (@cristianafarias) October 27, 2020
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