McEnany Recalls ‘Disbelief, Shock’ During Capitol Riot on Jan. 6

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is recalling the riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on the day Congress was certifying President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election.

In her first interview since former President Donald Trump left office, McEnany is reacting to the U.S. Capitol riot where protesters stormed the building.

“I think at the beginning of the day, before everyone went to the rally, everyone was expecting peace,” McEnany said during her interview on Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus.”

She continued, “We had been to hundreds of rallies — I’ve probably been to hundreds at this point, certainly many dozens — and they were nothing but peaceful events, and we expected that day to be the same.”

“And then as those events transpired, it was disbelief, shock, somber, sad, horrified by the violence, and it was a very hard, difficult day in the White House, there is no doubt,” McEnany added.

The former press secretary said it was a “widespread feeling” that “everyone felt” in condemning the actions that day.

Watch McEnany’s interview below:

Trump was asked about his response to the deadly riot during an interview with Fox News’ Steve Hilton on Sunday.

He called the rally in Washington, D.C., before protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol a “lovefest.”

The former president also noted he suggested there should be 10,000 National Guard troops “ready,” as he thought the rally would be big ahead of time.

“They took that number, from what I understand, they gave it to the people at the Capitol, which is controlled by Pelosi, and I heard they rejected it because they didn’t think it would look good,” he claimed. “So, you know, that was a big mistake.”

Trump told his supporters at the “Save America Rally” at the Ellipse on Jan. 6, “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol. And we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.”

He continued, “Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.”

“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” Trump added.

Additionally, Trump said at the time, “We will never give up. We will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved. Our country has had enough. We will not take it anymore, and that is what this is all about.”

On Jan. 7, McEnany sought to distance the Trump administration from the riot.

“We condemn it, the president and this administration, in the strongest possible terms,” she said at a press briefing.


  1. “I think at the beginning of the day, before everyone went to the rally, everyone was expecting peace,” McEnany said during her interview on Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus.” (article)

    McEnany wants us to believe that NO ONE in the White House heard Republican voting official Gabriel Sterling’s warnings to Trump? His pleas were aired on MSM, as well as on MAGA media FOX News & Newsmax. and conservative publications, i.e., Forbes Magazine.

    We are to believe the WH press secretary had no knowledge of what Trump and his sycophants planned to say simply based on their previous public comments? We are to believe Kayleigh attended the Sept 29th debate when Trump under pressure told the Proud Boys to “Stand back and stand by” but had memory loss? Was it memory loss that caused Kayleigh to overlook Trump’s praise of the actions of the armed Michigan militias that stormed the Michigan Capitol? Was it memory loss that caused Kayleigh to forget that her boss NEVER tweeted or sent her out to speak a negative word regarding the Michigan militias that planned to kidnap the Michigan governor? What was the cause of her memory block on Trump’s praise of Kyle Rittenhouse? Did Kayleigh perceive that Trump spoke out about violence perpetrated by his supporters?

    I am perplexed as to what Kayleigh wishes us to believe. She’s just naturally clueless OR she is suffering from early Alzheimer’s.

    1. She is going on the fascist payroll at FOX, so what SHE believes has no meaning. It can’t enter the conversation, to go off-script.

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