WH Press Sec. Slams Media ‘Double-Standard’ Attack on Trump’s Rally: It Was a ‘Peaceful Protest’

By Craig Bannister | September 9, 2020 | 2:33pm EDT
WH Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany

Assaulted by a relentlessly accusatory media on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany denounced the media’s “double-standard” when it comes to group gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While media have given a pass to mass gatherings when they are used to conduct social justice protests, they have condemned gatherings held by President Donald Trump, McEnany said at a press conference addressing the administration’s response to the coronavirus threat.

When a reporter criticized President Trump for holding a gathering on Tuesday in North Carolina, McEnany declared the president’s rally a “peaceful protest” – the characterization used by liberal media to describe even the violent, destructive protests and riots ravaging the country.

Reporter: “Why did the president have thousand of people, many not wearing masks, at a rally last night in a state that has limited outdoor gatherings to 50 people? Why is he going to Nevada this weekend to hold similar outdoor rallies?”

McEnany: “People have a First Amendment right, if they so choose, to show up and express their political opinion in the form of a peaceful protest, which is what the president held.”

“And, there is a real double-standard here.”

Citing a CNN story of a doctor excusing group gatherings in social justice protests, the press secretary said that the First Amendment gives both they and Trump’s rallies are protected by the First Amendment:

“So, if you’re allowed to march, in aggregate, in those protests, you’re also allowed to show up at a political rally. You have a First Amendment right in this country.”

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