What’s the reason? She says it’s because she’s a God-fearing woman.
“As a woman of faith, as a mother of baby Blake, as a person who meticulously prepared at some of the world’s hardest institutions, I never lied. I sourced my information,” she said via Real America’s Voice.
It led to a barrage of social media mockery, of course:
Despite her testimony, the record would suggest otherwise.
Here are eight of her biggest whoppers delivered from the White House podium.
McEnany once claimed that Trump is the “most informed person on planet earth when it comes to the threats we face”.
She said this, without irony, after being questioned about reports that Trump failed to read a crucial military intelligence report alleging that Russian forces paid members of the Taliban to murder US troops in Afghanistan.
It has also been reported that the US National Security Council mentions Trump’s name in every paragraph of their briefings in an attempt to retain his attention.
So much for being the most informed man on planet earth.
She also tried to defend Trump’s lie that coronavirus affects “virtually nobody”.
At a rally in Ohio, Trump said:
We now know the disease. We didn’t know it. Now we know it. It affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. But they have other problems, that’s what it really affects, that’s it. You know in some states, thousands of people... nobody young. Below the age of 18, like nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows. But it affects virtually nobody.
Whether or not Trump was purely referring to young people, this isn’t true – and Trump knows it. As a reporter pointed out to McEnany, Trump acknowledged that young people can be affected by the virus while speaking to journalist Bob Woodward.
But rather than correcting Trump’s erroneous claim, McEnany said:
The president is telling people the truth. ... You’re taking the president out of context.
McEnany also used the “taken out of context” line to try to justify Trump telling Americans to inject disinfectant.
Here’s what Trump said at a coronavirus press briefing:
“I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute — one minute — and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning?
Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it’d be interesting to check that. So you’re going to have to use medical doctors with — but it sounds interesting to me.”
Horrifying. Never, ever put disinfectant anywhere near your insides.
And here’s what McEnany said when asked about it:
President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasised again during yesterdays’ briefing. Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.
Yes, it’s the media who are irresponsible...
In May 2020, she claimed that the Mueller report ended with “the complete and total exoneration of President Trump”.
Actually, the Mueller report – or the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, as it’s officially known – concluded that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”.
Again, McEnany’s line parroted one of Trump’s: namely, “no collusion, no obstruction”.
She also claimed that Trump “never” downplayed coronavirus.
McEnany refuted the claim made in Woodward’s book Rage that Trump deliberately downplayed the threat of coronavirus to avoid creating a panic. She said:
The president never downplayed the virus, once again. The president expressed calm. The president was serious about this.
Not only are there recordings of Trump’s conversations with Woodward, but also ample evidence that he did.
For instance, he repeatedly likened coronavirus to the flu, despite privately admitting it’s “more deadly”.
McEnany also defended Trump for clearing Black Lives Matter protesters from Lafayette Park.
In one of his most controversial acts as president, Trump made a speech at the White House while protesters were forcibly removed from the surrounding areas. McEnany defended Trump after he did this, and denied reports that police used tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters.
The US Park Police also deny this, although they admitted to using pepper spray on protesters. This denial remains controversial.
“There’s no regrets on the part of the White House.”
She added that the behaviour of the protesters was “unacceptable” and that the White House “stands by [the] actions” of the police in response.
She claimed a million Trump supporters were present for the ‘Million Maga March’
In November, many Trump supporters, which included the Proud Boys, flocked to Washington, D.C. for the ‘Million Maga March.’ In truth, it wasn’t close to one million. It was a few thousand.
Although reports suggested that the crowd was not even close to the one million range, McEnany didn’t hesitate to claim that a million people turned out to ‘descended on the swamp’ in support of the election being ‘stolen’ from Trump, which time and time again has proven to be false.
She claimed, without evidence, that Democrats had committed fraud
Even Fox News, a network which has been strongly partisan towards Trump during his presidency had to cut away from McEnany at one point while she was talking at a press conference at the White House. McEnany’s opening statement was cut off by host Neil Cavuto after she claimed that the Democrats had willingly engaged in fraudulent activity during the US election, which has projected Joe Biden as the winner.