How brain dead do you have to be to buy the lies being peddled by surrogates for Donald Trump on our nation’s airwaves?
The president sent Kayleigh McEnany, the press secretary for his 2020 reelection campaign, to speak on his behalf to Stuart Varney on Fox Business today and inevitably the topic of the coronavirus pandemic that’s been roiling the global economy was front and center in their discussion.
Varney asked McEnany about the recommendation made by the federal government’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, that the public should avoid large gatherings of people, a recommendation that has resulted in the cancelation of conventions and music festivals across the country and the playing of NBA games to completely empty arenas.
It was a particularly pertinent question less than 24 hours after the president announced that he would proceed with another one of his ego-stroking campaign rallies in Milwaukee next week in the midst of a pandemic-induced national hysteria, but the press secretary treated it as just another opportunity to score political points against Trump’s leading Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Look, we have the commander-in-chief, we have the best health experts,” McEnany gaslighted the audience. “We’re taking this day by day. We’re currently proceeding as normal. Joe Biden is suspending his rallies. He’s been dying to get off the campaign trail. He can only speak for seven minutes.”
A skeptical Varney interjected a dose of reality into McEnany’s political attack dog rant.
“You will immediately be accused of chaos in the White House,” Varney astutely pointed out. “The president goes ahead with holding his rallies. His top doctor — top medical guy — says don’t go with big crowds. I mean, you’re immediately going to be hit with this.”
It was the campaign press secretary’s next statement that caused mouthfuls of coffee to be propelled in astonished spit-takes across the nation in reaction to her North Korean-like unmitigated adoration of the “Dear Leader” she serves.
“Look, the president is the best authority on this issue,” McEnany responded obsequiously. “He takes into consult the words of everyone around him.”
“So, I’ll leave it to the president,” she continued. “Joe Biden is looking for an excuse to get off the campaign trail. And let me just add, the media’s best hope is for Donald Trump to suspend his rallies. They’ve been wanting to stop this, his avenue to speak directly to the American people.”
Once the viewing audience picked their jaws up off the floor, they may have realized that Trump’s propensity to “speak directly to the American people” through the unmediated platforms of social media will, unfortunately, continue unabated whether he puts the health of thousands of his cult members at risk by herding them together in a crowded arena like cattle with hoof and mouth disease or not.
McEnany’s false confidence in the president’s command of the science behind the coronavirus pandemic ignores his clear disregard of expert advice in favor of his incessant need for the constant ego-gratification he needs as he feeds his vampire soul with the cheers of thousands of his MAGA-hatted deludables.
You can watch this astonishing display of destructive, dangerous, and thoughtless fealty in the video clip below, but if you sincerely believe that Donald Trump is “the best authority” on anything other than on P.T. Barnum style hucksterism and pernicious self-dealing con games, by all means, skip the video and go straight to the next Trump rally to prove your loyalty to the president in a game of viral roulette.
Original reporting by David Edwards at Raw Story.
Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.