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Kayleigh McEnany Mocked for Bragging That Trump Got 8% of the Black Vote in 2016 in Attempt to Own Mitt Romney

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Former Republican presidential nominee and current Utah senator Mitt Romney made headlines this week when he joined the protests against the recent murder of George Floyd by police.

Romney marched with protestors in Washington, D.C. and said of his decision:

"We need to end violence and brutality, and to make sure that people understand that Black lives matter."

He posted selfies of himself at the protest as well.

At a press briefing on Monday, President Donald Trump's latest White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, responded to whether or not her boss agreed with Romney regarding the sentiments behind the protests.

Watch her answer below.

McEnany said:

"Mitt Romney can say three words outside on Pennsylvania Avenue but I would note this -- that President Trump won 8% of the Black vote. Mitt Romney won two percent of the Black vote."

McEnany's claim that Romney won two percent of the Black vote is false.

According to the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Romney earned six percent of the Black vote—only two points behind Trump in 2016. Unlike Trump, Romney was running against the first Black President of the United States and was faced with higher voter turnout, which tends to benefit Democratic candidates.

But regardless of how much more of the Black vote Trump got compared to Romney, is eight percent anything to brag about?






McEnany went on to say:

"People across the country recognize that while Mitt Romney has a lot of words, notably he said that 47 percent of the nation is dependent upon government, believes they are victims, believes that the government has a responsibility to care for them...the President takes great offense to those words."

It's true that Romney's campaign was significantly damaged after a tape leaked of him telling a group of donors nearly half of Americans don't pay taxes and expect government handouts.

One of his defenders in the wake of the scandal, however, was none other than Trump—whom Kayleigh said took great offense at the statement.

Watch below.

Trump on Romney's "47 percent" remarks www.youtube.com

Trump said:

"I don't think he should be apologizing. It's a point of view, and it's probably something that they have to have out."

The press secretary wasn't telling the truth.





A lot has changed since 2012.