White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shut down Trump nemesis and PBS NewsHour reporter Yamiche Alcindor for taking a cheap shot at Trump by taking remarks made by POTUS out of context.
“And just so you understand, 30 percent plus of the people living in suburbia are minorities- African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans – they’re all minorities, 30 percent,” Trump said at a press briefing.
“The number’s even higher, they say 35, but I like to cut it a little bit lower. You know why? That way I can’t get myself into too much trouble with the fake news.”
Yamiche cut off the last line of Trump’s quote to score some social media publicity. Enter McEnany. From Fox News:
On Thursday, McEnany blasted the PBS journalist, sharing her tweet and an excerpt from the White House transcript.
“Yesterday, President @realDonaldTrump said he wanted to protect suburbs for ALL Americans of ALL backgrounds, but the unconscionably dishonest tweet below omitted the vast majority of his actual quote to make it seem like he was saying the opposite,” McEnany reacted.
Others piled on Alcindor.
“You cut the quote in half, @Yamiche,” RealClearNews correspondent Philip Wegmann told Alcindor. “Full quotes make for less Twitter moments to behold.”
“He was not saying what Yamiche is implying. She literally cut the quote off because she is a liar and the biggest liberal hack in journalist,” Daily Caller’s Greg Price wrote.
“It’s telling that I correctly assumed this was a dishonest quote as soon as I saw it based solely on who it was coming from…” conservative writer A.G. Hamilton tweeted. “Yamiche’s tweet is a bad paraphrase that intentionally cuts out the next sentence to mislead people. She knew exactly what she was doing.”
A moment to behold.
Q: What do you mean by an "invasion" in the suburbs if VP Joe Biden is elected?
President Trump: "They're going to destroy suburbia. And 30 percent of the people in suburbia are minorities. They say 35 percent, but I like to cut it lower."
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 12, 2020
Yesterday, President @realDonaldTrump said he wanted to protect suburbs for ALL Americans of ALL backgrounds, but the unconscionably dishonest tweet below omitted the vast majority of his actual quote to make it seem like he was saying the opposite.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) August 13, 2020