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.”