Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany made an appearance on CNN that ended after she claimed that the president has never lied to the American people.
In a heated back-and-forth with host Chris Cuomo, McEnany was adamant, saying “I don’t believe the president has lied. I believe the fake news media — do you believe the fake news media has lied?”
Cuomo adjusted his earpiece, apparently making sure that he heard McEnany correctly, and shot back, “Interview’s over, Kayleigh,” adding, “when a president is telling the American people every day not to believe in a free press — that they’re the enemy of the state … he is to blame for sowing the seeds of division.”
McEnany argued that the president regularly makes himself available to the press during short talks outside the White House that seem to always take place with a helicopter roaring in the background.
She didn’t let Cuomo off without sinking some attacks into the CNN anchor, saying, “You lie about everything he says and take him out of context.”
Cuomo added, “You’re still welcome on the show although you may have hurt me tonight in inviting you back because if you can’t admit that he lied. These people are never going to believe you about anything.”
Here’s that back-and-forth:
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) August 29, 2019
President Trump has made over 12,000 false or misleading claims over the course of his presidency, according to the Washington Post’s running fact-checker. The Post notes that he has claimed 162 times that he passed the biggest tax cut in history, but that’s a blatant lie.
Trump has coupled his lies with an all-out assault on the free press, accusing them of actually peddling lies, a talking point is usually embraced by spokespeople like McEnany and Kellyanne Conway.