Kayleigh McEnany says Jen Psaki is getting 'entirely different treatment' from media: 'It's obvious to anyone'
'She was asked what Joe Biden thought about the Antifa riots, and her answer was that she hadn't spoken to him... If I would have given an answer like that, it would have been unacceptable'
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany took to Fox News to complain that she received an "entirely different treatment by the press" when compared to her successor, Jen Psaki, who took over the position on the inauguration of President Joe Biden earlier this year. McEnany made her comments as she spoke to Sean Hannity on the day it was announced that she would be joining Fox News as an on-air contributor.
McEnany became the White House press secretary in former President Donald Trump's administration in April 2020 and served till the end of his term. During her tenure in the White House, McEnany came under fire for her "steadfast defense" of Trump's 'misleading' statements, as stated by CNN.
The 32-year-old rising Republican star was speaking on her experience at the White House while appearing on Hannity's show on Tuesday, March 2, and said, "I think it's obvious to anyone who has watched the press briefings that it was an entirely different treatment by the press."
She continued, "For one, she was asked what Joe Biden thought about the Antifa riots, and her answer was that she hadn't spoken to him. If I would have given an answer like that, it would have been unacceptable. The headlines would have been egregious and appalling afterward." However, the Daily Mail pointed out that McEnany had, in fact, responded the same way during her tenure that she had not spoken to Trump about a particular issue and that the answer is seen as routine.
McEnany also aimed criticism at Joe Biden, saying, "My question is: where's Joe? It's been 41 days — at this point, President Trump had multiple press appearances, press conferences — President Barack Obama had as well. Joe Biden needs to step up. We need to hear from him. He needs to engage in the transparency that he promised us: He hasn't thus far."
Hannity also spoke about having Psaki on his show, either interviewed by him or having a debate with McEnany, to which McEnany responded that she would "love to see you interview the press secretary" with "hard-hitting questions" that "conservatives would want to hear."
McEnany also continued to speak in favor of Trump, saying, "Why is it that under President Donald Trump they talk about cages, that were falsely attributed to him, in the immigration context that indeed were put in place by President Barack Obama. Now we know that these immigration facilities have opened, but there is no criticism there."
Hannity asked whether McEnany felt that questions should be asked about women who have accused Biden of inappropriate behavior, such as Tara Reid. McEnany replied, "If you think of the questions I was asked at the podium, I was asked about allegations of that nature, that were false allegations," continuing that she was asked questions of the variety at the podium.
She continued, "We just simply don't get that degree of scrutiny in a Democrat administration as you would in a Donald Trump administration."