‘Why Hasn’t the President Condemned White Power?’ — Kayleigh McEnany Abruptly Exits Contentious WH Press Briefing: WATCH


Kayleigh McEnany abruptly exited a White House press briefing as reporters shouted questions, asking the White House Press Secretary why Donald Trump hasn’t condemned “white power” after he tweeted a video over the weekend of his supporters yelling it.

The exit occurred after McEnany cited the “Russia hoax” and slammed the New York Times and the Washington Post when asked about credible and confirmed reports that Trump was briefed by U.S. Intelligence as early as January that Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan and did nothing.

McEnany also falsely characterized the U.S. coronavirus surge as “embers” that need to be “put out” and was asked if Trump believes “it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War.”

McEnany called the question “absurd” and said, “he’s proud of the United States of America.”

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Gay Father of Black Toddler in Trump’s Fake ‘Racist Baby’ Video Blasts President for ‘Hate Agenda’: VIDEO


Michael Cisneros, a gay man whose black son was exploited in a fake “racist baby” video tweeted by President Donald Trump on Thursday night, is speaking out.

“PLEASE!!! SHARE THIS!!!! EVERYONE!!!! HE WILL NOT TURN THIS LOVING, BEAUTIFUL VIDEO TO FURTHER HIS HATE AGENDA,” Cisneros wrote above a link to Trump’s tweet on Facebook.

“HE CAN NOT GET AWAY WITH THIS!!!” Cisneros wrote in another post. He added that the move was disgusting but not surprising” coming from “filthy” Trump.

“Just when you think he can’t go any lower, disappointment!!!!” Cisneros wrote. “I will be calling an attorney in the am.”

Twitter later flagged Trump’s video as “manipulated media.”

The original version of the video, which went viral last year, was filmed by Cisneros. It showed his son, Maxwell, and his white best friend Finnegan, spontaneously running toward each other and hugging on a New York City street:

“They just took off toward each other and I just got my phone out as quickly as possible, and just tried to record it,” Cisneros said of the two boys, who are now both 3 and live in the same neighborhood. “They are just too cute together.”

Cisneros told WPIX-TV he shared the video publicly because he thought it was a beautiful, candid moment in the midst of racism and hate in the world. Maxwell and Finnegan later appeared with their parents on the Ellen Degeneres Show:

In the fake version of the video tweeted by Trump, Maxwell is initially shown running away from Finnegan — in footage from after they hugged — with a fake CNN chyron saying, “Terrified toddler runs from racist baby,” which then switches to, “Racist baby probably a Trump voter.”

After a title screen saying, “What actually happened,” Maxwell and Finnegan are shown running toward each other and hugging.

“America is not the problem,” reads another title screen at the end. “Fake news is. If you see something, say something. Only you can prevent fake news dumpster fires.”

The fake video reportedly was created by pro-Trump comedian Carpe Donktum, whose real name is Logan Cook.

CNN Communications responded to Trump’s tweet: “CNN did cover this story – exactly as it happened. Just as we reported your positions on race (and poll numbers). We’ll continue working with facts rather than tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children. We invite you to do the same. Be better.”

The White House criticized Twitter for labeling the video “manipulated.”

“If Twitter is not careful, it’s going to have to label itself a ‘manipulator,’” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in an email to the Washington Post.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also defended the fake video in a briefing on Friday:

Earlier this month, Maxwell and Finnegan were included in CNN’s town hall in collaboration with Sesame Street, focused on kids and racism:

“I didn’t see it at the time, but I see it now,” Cisneros told Today.com following the town hall. “It was a beacon of hope. It shows love and what the future could be like if children were raised in a different way … It’s going to be kind of iconic. I’ve gotten messages from people all around the world.”

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Donald Trump’s homophobic press secretary Kayleigh McEnany caught out in spectacularly blatant lie

Kayleigh McEnany, Donald Trump’s new press secretary who opposes equal marriage and trans-inclusive bathrooms, has been caught out in a lie about election fraud.

Trump welcomed his new White House press secretary, a combative TV pundit with a long history of anti-LGBT+ comments, last month.

McEnany has previously worked as Trump’s spokesperson for his re-election campaign and as a pro-Trump commentator on CNN during the 2016 presidential election.

The LGBT+ advocacy group GLAAD has compiled a list of her most egregious comments, which include opposing a bill to ban conversion therapy and repeatedly framing the issue of transgender bathroom access as a “predatory” threat to women and girls.

McEnany has previously argued that the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality is a threat to religious rights, and described late justice Antonin Scalia’s criticism of a pro-marriage equality ruling as “awesome“.

This week, president Trump took aim at mail-in ballots, falsely claiming that they would be “substantially fraudulent” and result in a “rigged election”.

However, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, Trump’s statements were completely false.

There have been around 250 million ballots cast by mail since 2000, and in 2016 and 2018, around 25 per cent of Americans who voted did so by mail.

Bar codes on ballots allow for tracking, validation and avoiding duplicate votes.

Figures from Oregon, which has sent out more than 100 million vote-by-mail ballots since 2000 found that fraud occurred in just 0.0000001 percent of all votes cast.

Kayleigh McEnany tried to defend Donald Trump’s election fraud tweets, but it backfired spectacularly.

Donald Trump’s false claims about mail-in voting were fact-checked by many publications, and even Twitter itself, but Kayleigh McEnany was still quick to defend her boss.

However despite her apparent hatred of mail-in ballots, McEnany, from Tampa, has voted by mail in every Florida election she has participated in since 2010, according to Tampa Bay Times.

After the publication reviewed her voting history, McEnany gave a statement attempting to explain why she had voted by mail 11 times in the last ten years if she was against mail-in ballots.

She said: “Absentee voting has the word absent in it for a reason. It means you’re absent from the jurisdiction or unable to vote in person.

“President Trump is against the Democrat plan to politicise the coronavirus and expand mass mail-in voting without a reason, which has a high propensity for voter fraud. This is a simple distinction that the media fails to grasp.”

Unfortunately, her excuse didn’t quite work as Florida does not have absentee voting, and anyone can vote by mail for any reason.

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