WH Press Sec. Reminds Reporters of Their Own False Coronavirus Claims, Asks if They Want to ‘Take Back’

Craig Bannister | May 7, 2020 | 9:43am EDT
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WH Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany
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On Wednesday, White House Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany reminded reporters of some of their own false coronavirus claims – and asked them if they’d be willing to take them back.

At a White House press briefing, Reuters Reporter challenged McEnany for having once said that President Trump would not allow the coronavirus to spread to the United States, asking, “Would you like to take that back?”

McEnany began by putting her previous comment in proper context: it was an explanation of the intent of, and justification for, Pres. Trump’s travel restrictions:

“Well, first let me note, I was asked a question on Fox Business about present travel restrictions. I noted what was the intent behind those travel restrictions, which is: we will not see the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism come here, referring to an earlier set of travel restrictions.”

She then asked reporters if they’re willing to “take back” their own false coronavirus claims – directly quoting to them from liberal media, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR and Vox:

“I guess I would turn the question back on the media and ask similar questions:

  • “Does Vox want to take back that they proclaimed that ‘the coronavirus would not be a deadly pandemic’?
  • “Does The Washington Post want to take back that they told Americans to ‘get a grip, the flu is bigger than the coronavirus’?
  • “Does The Washington Post, likewise, want to take back that ‘our brains are causing us to exaggerate the threat of the coronavirus’?
  • “Does The New York Times want to take back that the ‘fear of the virus may be spreading faster than the virus itself’?
  • “Does NPR want to take back that ‘the flu is a much bigger threat than the coronavirus’?
  • “And finally, once again The Washington Post, would they like to take back that ’the government should not respond aggressively to the coronavirus’?”

McEnany, then, ended the press conference, telling reporters to go off and think about what they did and come up with answers to her questions:

“I’ll leave you with those questions, and maybe you’ll have some answers in a few days,”

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