WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: CNN’s ‘Don Lemon Said the Quiet Part Out Loud’

By Melanie Arter | September 22, 2020 | 3:06pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing on September 22, 2020, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing on September 22, 2020, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – CNN host Don Lemon urged Democrats to “blow up the entire system” if they win the Senate and the White House, which demonstrates the difference between Republicans and Democrats, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday.

“Democrats cannot win the argument on the merits. They cannot win on precedent. So they must search and destroy. Don Lemon said the quiet part out loud last night. He said this. ‘We’re going to have to blow up the entire system’ if the president does his job as outlined in the Constitution. That is the difference between Republicans and Democrats,” McEnany said.

“We fight to protect the system. We fight to protect the Constitution, when Democrats say out right we are going to blow up the entire system because we do not get our way. This president will proceed undaunted by Democrat threats,” the press secretary said.

“President Trump will fulfill his duty. President Trump will appoint the next Supreme Court justice. President Trump will protect religious liberty. President Trump will protect our freedom of speech. President Trump will protect our Second amendment. Under this president our rights will be upheld, our Constitution safeguarded, and this president will fill that seat,” McEnany said.

She quoted Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution, which “clearly states that the president ‘shall nominate’ justices of the Supreme Court when a vacancy occurs.”

“No matter the time, no matter the politics of the day, the president is the president. There is nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in an election year,” the press secretary said.

“The president has already appointed two strong conservative justices to the Supreme Court - justices who will interpret the Constitution as written. Now he will nominate a third. As Senator Ted Cruz reminds us, we are one vote away from seeing our religious liberty vote stripped away, from our free speech stripped away, from our Second Amendment being stripped away - just one vote,” McEnany said.

She contrasted Trump’s “constitutional duty with Democrats’ search-and-destroy politics.”

“Nancy Pelosi vowed to attack the president with ‘arrows.’ Speaker Pelosi will not rule out impeaching the president for doing his job, for fulfilling his constitutional obligation. AOC said that impeachment is an option ‘on the table,’ while Chuck Schumer stood by nodding approvingly,” the press secretary said.

“The plan of the House Democrats is so rabidly radical that even Democrat Senator Tim Kaine rebuked the idea, calling the idea of using impeachment to delay a Supreme Court vote ‘foolish.’ Some Democrats already have a backup plan if they don't get their way on the nomination. Congressman Joe Kennedy said if he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021. It’s that simple,” she added.

“Senator Ed Markey went further. ‘No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year, he said. If he violates it when the Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.’ Senator, the president is elected to a four-year term. You can't unilaterally reduce it to three years. The president is the president,” McEnany said.

During his show “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” Lemon and CNN host Chris Cuomo discussed “blowing up the entire system” if Democrats gain control of the Senate and the White House in November by scrapping the Electoral College thereby changing the way the president is elected.

"We're going to have to blow up the entire system," Lemon told Cuomo.

"I don't know about that," Cuomo replied. "You're just going to have to vote."

"You're going to have to get rid of the Electoral College," Lemon said. "Because the minority in this country get to decide who our judges are and who our president is. Is that fair?"

"You need a constitutional amendment to do that," Cuomo said.

"And if Joe Biden wins, Democrats can stack the courts, and they can do that amendment and get it passed," Lemon said.

"Well, you need two-thirds vote in the Congress and three-quarters of the state legislatures," Cuomo noted.

"They may be able to do that," Lemon said.

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