McEnany fires back at media, Cuomo brothers
If President Donald Trump wins re-election in November, one person at the top of his thank-you list may be his new press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany.
In just six weeks on the job, McEnany has quickly become a hero to Trump backers for her no-holds-barred takedowns of the anti-Trumpers in the White House press corps. This week, she hit the bullseye again with a new media target.
On Monday, the president revealed that he had been taking hydroxychloroquine for several days to ward off COVID-19. That was after a couple of White House staffers had tested positive for the virus.
The admission earned Trump near-universal derision from the media, from normally friendly media types like Neil Cavuto of Fox News to the jackals of late night TV and the liberal scolds of the traditional news media, including Cuomo.
On air on Monday, he said “the president knows that hydroxychloroquine is not supported by science. He knows it has been flagged by people in his own administration.” Cuomo also maintained Trump’s announcement was intended to be a distraction from “his lack of a plan or real solutions.”
On Wednesday, though, McEnany, as is proving her wont, inconveniently pointed out the hypocrisy of Cuomo and the media at large.
Cuomo recently recovered from coronavirus. During her press conference, McEnany noted Cuomo mocked Trump for using hydroxychloroquine, yet “it turns out that Chris Cuomo took a less safe version of it called quinine, which the FDA removed from the market in 2006 because it had serious side effects, including death. So really interesting to have that criticism of the president.”
As the New York Post reported, Cuomo’s wife, Cristina, had explained the drug was part of her husband’s treatment. She described quinine as a “natural antibiotic” in her own wellness publication, Purist, the Post noted. Although “not on the market here,” Cristina Cuomo wrote, “it’s being used in India with very good results.”
After highlighting Chris Cuomo’s “interesting” criticism of Trump, McEnany added, “I’d like to redirect him to his brother, the governor of New York, Gov. Cuomo, who has several on-the-record statements about hydroxychloroquine, saying, ‘I’m an optimist. I’m hopeful about the drug and that’s why we will try it here in New York as soon as we get it. There has been anecdotal evidence it’s promising. That’s why we are going ahead.’ And I have eight other quotes from Governor Cuomo.”
The larger point is not so much about Chris Cuomo specifically. Rather, it’s about the media.
They wailed on Trump for hydroxychloroquine without noting that one of their own was guilty of something potentially worse: taking a derivative that, unlike hydroxychloroquine, doesn’t appear to be legally available in the U.S. It’s hypocrisy beyond belief, but it’s also the norm for the Trump era.
But in calling out that duplicity seemingly every day, though, McEnany keeps crushing home runs like Barry Bonds, and if Trump prevails this fall, McEnany’s exposure of the media may prove a big reason why.
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