In yet another example from the bottomless pit of Trump administration hypocrisy, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday blasted two Democratic elected officials and a CNN anchor who, over a period of months, were each caught violating coronavirus restrictions. All of them were duly criticized by Democrats.
McEnany and most White House officials, from President Donald Trump on down, daily violate coronavirus restrictions and CDC guidelines. Like this, from today’s briefing, where not a single White House staffer was wearing a mask:
Meanwhile, McEnany’s own husband, who is not a White House reporter or a reporter at all but a Major League Baseball free agent, attended the briefing while violating coronavirus restrictions.
“Kayleigh McEnany’s husband, Sean Gilmartin, was present during the news briefing in the rear of the briefing room and maskless,” the White House press pool reports.
A well-known New York Times photographer, Doug Mills, who has covered the White House for nearly four decades, “politely pointed out to Gilmartin rules requiring masks be worn in White House press areas.”
“A White House staffer who was with Gilmartin said incredulously, ‘Kayleigh’s husband?'” as if the virus has not infected literally dozens of people tied directly to the White House.
“The staffer and Gilmartin exited together as Mills restated the mask rules and said it doesn’t matter who he is.”
“Mills later confirmed to pool Gilmartin was maskless for the entirety of the briefing and he was unaware of Gilmartin’s identity when pointing out the rules.”
Mills is a a board member of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and has every right to voice concern over guests in the briefing room, which is controlled by the WHCA.
C-SPAN’s Communications Director posted this image:
Today’s WH press briefing ….
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) December 2, 2020
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‘Tried to Nullify Millions of Black Votes’: Kayleigh McEnany Smacked Down for Tweet Praising MLK
Outgoing White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is facing an onslaught of criticism after posting a tweet praising Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on MLK Day.
Calling Dr. King “a hero, who embodied love and faith in his pursuit for equality,” McEnany posted a quote from the iconic Civil Rights leader. Given that she, as one social media user said, along with her president and her party “tried to nullify millions of black votes,” it is an incredible self-own.
Today, we honor a hero, who embodied love and faith in his pursuit for equality: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
– MLK Jr.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) January 18, 2021
And on her personal Twitter account she posted this quote:
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left a legacy of faith, love, and equality.
He made America better.
He was a true servant of Christ.
Today, we honor him!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) January 18, 2021
Early Monday morning Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, issued a plea, a reminder, and a warning:
Please don’t act like everyone loved my father. He was assassinated. A 1967 poll reflected that he was one of the most hated men in America. Most hated. Many who quote him now and evoke him to deter justice today would likely hate, and may already hate, the authentic King. #MLK pic.twitter.com/yGdQXL5MJ3
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 18, 2021
Here’s how some are responding to McEnany’s remarks.
You have done violence to everything Dr. King stood for. You have no business quoting him. https://t.co/JqkcJZSFGT
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) January 18, 2021
Kayleigh McEnany tried to nullify millions of black votes. https://t.co/vIJ71gZkvM
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) January 18, 2021
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” pic.twitter.com/UvYZfSaGlU
— Thaddeus Stevens (@TruthThaddeus) January 18, 2021
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) January 18, 2021
Doesn’t mix well with your racism, does it Kayleigh? pic.twitter.com/0phgj4nKFO
— Kenneth Richard (@Keneththemeneth) January 18, 2021
(That is an actual tweet from McEnany, original here.)
You could have simply not tweeted today. That would have been okay too.
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) January 18, 2021
This…person…is unbelievable. She spends weeks justifying throwing out millions of votes from African Americans – something that Bull Connor and George Wallace would dream of – and then has the gall to quote Martin Luther King Jr. scummy disingenuous fraud. @PressSec https://t.co/HCTvs2lXy2
— Kurt “Masks Save Lives” Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 18, 2021
See? This is the shit I’m talking about. I don’t want to see racist trash, who would’ve despised MLK if they were alive when he was active, co-opt his message to prop-up White Supremacy. https://t.co/QrqtyT6PDq
— Aaron T. Starks 🌊 (@StarkyLuv73) January 18, 2021
— Danielle Parker (@Dcparker35) January 18, 2021
Hey, you really need to sit this one out. https://t.co/Wz0DQ20aWy
— A. Cedric Armstrong (@cedteaches) January 18, 2021
Racist white people quoting Dr. King provokes me. https://t.co/xHOQIbwuTy
— Mr. Anderson (@lionel_anderson) January 18, 2021
You peddled lies about voter fraud to get Black votes thrown out to keep Trump in office. Sit the fuck down and keep MLK’s name out of your mouth. https://t.co/GUk6Aca3h8
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) January 18, 2021
GOP Lawmaker Tested COVID Positive Twice – That Didn’t Stop Him From Going to Work in the Statehouse, Even Maskless
Republican state Representative Stephen Hambley last month tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Twice. Ignoring state and federal guidelines, he went back to work after just a few days. He reportedly has never received a negative test since his positive tests November 22 and 28.
Democrats say he never informed them of his positive status (he claims he did), as he continued his duties, including sitting on committees, and even voting to restrict “the ability of the Ohio Department of Health to issue quarantine and isolation orders related to the pandemic,” as the Ohio Capitol Journal’s Jake Zuckerman reports.
Now, at least four lawmakers – two Republicans and two Democrats, have tested positive for COVID-19, after spending time alongside Hambley at a House Finance Committee hearing on December 2.
It’s not just those four lawmakers who are sick.
A Democratic spokesperson says nine Democratic lawmakers in total are either sick or awaiting coronavirus test results. The Republican spokeswoman has not answered questions about any other Republicans.
On November 19 Rep. Hambley told the the House Civil Justice Committee of an aide’s positive COVID test result.
“Before we start, I do need to announce that one of our staff members was diagnosed this morning with covid,” he said. “I’m asking all members and staff to please take the abundant amount of caution — masking, distance, sanitation, so forth. The administration as well as the leadership has been informed of this and we’re following the necessary safety protocols.”
And yet, the Ohio Capitol Journal reports, “the committee continued its work regardless of CDC guidelines recommending those exposed to the virus to isolate from others.”
Two days after Hambley received his own first positive coronavirus test result he shared this post on Facebook, detailing COVID-19 timelines and progression. He did not mention his own diagnosis.
The Journal adds that “footage from recent House floor sessions show Hambley giving floor speeches and meandering about the House floor, not wearing a mask.”
“Hambley is not seeking reelection. On Dec. 2, he gave a farewell speech (image above), about 15 minutes in duration, to the chamber. He was maskless the whole time.”
GOP Lawmaker Who Said There Was a ‘Political Agenda’ Behind COVID Coverage Now Prays for a ‘Miracle’ From His ICU Bed
Rep. David Byrd (R-TN) made a post on Facebook this Thursday saying that he may be soon placed on a ventilator due to coronavirus, and asked people to pray for him.
“I really need a miracle today!!” Byrd wrote Thursday. “My doctor said if my oxygen level doesn’t improve then he has no choice but to put me on a ventilator. So please pray that God will breathe His healing spirit into my lungs!!”
Byrd was flown by helicopter from Wayne County Hospital to St. Thomas in Nashville, where he still remains. According to the Tennessean, he was among the nearly 70 House Republicans who attended a caucus meeting held in the House chamber on November 24. A week and a half later, he was hospitalized with the virus. Reports say he was seen on the House floor without a mask. Just days before, he hosted a dinner for dozens of his fellow caucus members at a restaurant.
Byrd is at least the second House Republican to be hospitalized with coronavirus.
As the Tennessean points out, Byrd and GOP Rep. Mike Carter, who was placed in the ICU with coronavirus in August, supported a House resolution stating that “mainstream media has sensationalized the reporting on COVID-19 in the service of political agendas.”
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