Kayleigh McEnany says she was bullied by the media after assuming office: 'I don’t think anyone deserves that'
'It’s unfortunate that just wanting to serve your country means that you’re targeted with threats of that nature'
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is calling out the media for unfair bias towards herself and other Republican women, as she called for "civility" toward everyone, regardless of their political affiliation. McEnany's claims came in an interview with The Daily Caller, where she shared how her life drastically changed once she started working for the Trump administration, spilling how she was 'doxed' and bullied by the media for the same. She said she will “never forget” a day when a police officer turned up at her door shortly after she had assumed the position of Trump press secretary in April 2020.
“Hey, I need to check in on you, we heard there were some rioters that were targeting your home,” McEnany claimed the officer told her, adding that at that particular moment she found out her personal "address had been put up on social media.” There has been no further clarity shed on exactly what kind of rioters the alleged officer was warning McEnany of, but she continued in the interview stating how she received messages and calls in the middle of the night that she found were 'targeting' and 'harassing'.
“I lately get three a.m. phone calls from unknown numbers and listen to the voicemails, and they are targeting, harassing messages,” McEnany spilled in the interview. “It’s really unfortunate. I don’t think anyone deserves that whether you are on the right, whether you are on the left, we should have civility in this country, and it’s unfortunate that just wanting to serve your country means that you’re targeted with threats of that nature.”
McEnany dubbed these incidents as a lack of objectivity on the media's behalf towards conservative women. Denouncing the practice severely she also accused media of "liberal bias" just because of these women's political preferences. “It’s unfortunate, but if you are a Republican, male or female, you will be attacked particularly in the Trump administration because the media always is keen to demonstrate their innately liberal bias,” she said. McEnany also insisted that “no matter what Republican administration it is, Republican women are just treated differently by virtue of their party ideology.”
McEnany's claims align with recent ones made by Donald Trump where he said the media along with tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google were all "owned by the Radical Left." The president had also claimed that these corporations are biased towards conservatives, practicing rampant shadow-bans on Republicans.
McEnany was appointed Trump's fourth White House press secretary in April 2020, replacing Stephanie Grisham who had held the position since the beginning of July 2019. Her claims about media bias come shortly after she was called out on social media for her outrage against incoming White House deputy chief of staff, Jen O’Malley Dillon.