It’s almost like the COVID-19 virus feels the same way about the Trump administration as the majority of the American people do.
As the news broke this morning that the White House press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has contracted the coronavirus, it seemed as if the virus was as anxious to rid Washington DC of the infection of lies and corruption that accompanied Donald Trump’s arrival to the presidency as we are.
McEnany appropriately announced her diagnosis in a post on Twitter.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 5, 2020
It’s interesting to note that someone whose job essentially consists of lying for a living is now considered “an essential worker.”
Many of those who read the tweet were more outraged that McEnany had been continuing to work and mingle with journalists and other White House staffers after having been exposed to COVID-19, ignoring the incubation period for the disease, and refusing to quarantine while the not completely accurate rapid tests she was given continued to show negative results.
They let the press secretary know how they felt in their own posts on the social media platform.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 5, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany says she didn't know Hope Hicks had tested positive when she briefed reporters on Thurs. But she also briefed them on Friday and Saturday — without wearing a mask — after everyone knew Hicks and Trump had tested positive. https://t.co/mmaJ64eIYT
— Sonam Sheth (@sonam_sheth) October 5, 2020
This also further discounts Trump’s already implausible claim that he didn’t know about Hicks until late Thursday and that he wasn’t tested until later on Thursday.
— Sam Vinograd (@sam_vinograd) October 5, 2020
And it can be properly decontaminated
— Desiree Ultican (@DesUltican) October 5, 2020
Weak ass statement from the White House correspondents association. Kayleigh McEnany directly endangered the lives of those around her, including members of the press. I expect a stronger defense of journalists from the WHCA when their safety is at risk, @ZekeJMiller. pic.twitter.com/UxYbupVBfb
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 5, 2020
I would probably toss Kayleigh McEnany's binder in a hazardous materials bin.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) October 5, 2020
”We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here… isn’t that refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama?” — Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20 https://t.co/5snfvsi96r
— YS (@NYinLA2121) October 5, 2020
Reminder: @kayleighmcenany was in direct contact with someone who had COVID-19 and chose not to quarantine. She is now COVID-19 positive.
This. Is. How. A. Pandemic. Continues.
— drew olanoff (@yoda) October 5, 2020
— Hiley_Anticipated (@ButterEmailss) October 5, 2020
Let's hope that @PressSec follows @realDonaldTrump advice and takes hydroxychloroquine,
a drink or Clorox or an injection of disinfectant
all of which @POTUS claimed were cures for #COVID19 #TrumpVirusDeathToll211K #VoteBlue https://t.co/neqQHzAIrI pic.twitter.com/QxqlNQrm7B
— Nestor "the boss" Gomez (@soloyochapin) October 5, 2020
Kayleigh even got some celebrity attention.
Kayleigh McEnany is finally the perfect spokesperson and poster girl for this administration. Congratulations, Kayleigh!!
— Sean Penn (@SeanPenn) October 5, 2020
The outrage over McEnany’s careless conduct after having confirmed contact with someone who has COVID-19 was entirely justified, a point that was driven home by the breaking news that two of the junior staffers working with her have now also tested positive for coronavirus, including a relative of hers in the nepotistic administration.
Two of Kayleigh McEnany’s deputies in the press shop have now tested positive as well, CNN has confirmed.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 5, 2020
Chad Gilmartin is Kayleigh McEnany's cousin-in-law https://t.co/PVwg6eNOJx
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 5, 2020
While many may take an attitude of “I told you so,” perhaps the best way to respond to Kayleigh McEnany’s diagnosis is to simply quote her boss Donald Trump: “It is what it is.”
Let’s hope that the diminished workforce in the Trump administration makes Joe Biden’s job of decimating him at the polls even easier than it would have otherwise been. When the GOP propaganda machine starts losing parts, who knows how long before it breaks down altogether?
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Vinnie Longobardo is 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.