CNN Host Brutally Takes Down Kayleigh McEnany on Air After Kayleigh Tried to Come for Her in a Press Briefing
CNN host Brianna Keilar has well established herself as unwilling to abide misleading or outright false claims from President Donald Trump and his allies.
After White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed Keilar in a White House Press Briefing, Keilar used her time slot to fact check McEnany.
It all began when Keilar responded to the announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron that none of the police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor in her sleep would be charged for killing her. Taylor's murder helped spark widespread protests against racist police brutality this summer, as well as a campaign to pressure Kentucky officials to arrest the officers who killed her.
The one charge levied against one of the officers was for shooting too close to neighboring apartment buildings.
In hopes of discouraging unrest in response to the leniency Kentucky's Justice Department extended to the police, Cameron said that "mob violence is not justice."
Keilar scrutinized the language in Cameron's comments, saying:
"I question the judgment of the Kentucky attorney general saying quote 'Mob justice is not justice.' He said that it becomes revenge. That word, 'the mob' and the president having said that 'if Joe Biden wins, the mob wins.' That's what he says, We know this is very politically loaded language."
After two Kentucky police officers were shot in the subsequent unrest, McEnany placed the blame on journalists like Keilar.
Kayleigh McEnany ended her press conference today by trying to link a comment made by Brianna Keilar on CNN with the shooting of police officers in Louisville pic.twitter.com/nsN4v3xIYb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 24, 2020
"You contrast [Cameron's] message with that of CNN's Brianna Keilar. 'I question the judgment of the Kentucky attorney general saying quote "Mob justice is not justice." We know that this is very loaded language.' That's an appalling statement from Brianna Keilar at CNN ... The words of CNN and of Brianna Keilar are outrageous, irresponsible and we should never hear statements like that followed by, hours later, two police officers being shot."
Keilar didn't appreciate the White House attributing the shootings to her, and she didn't mince words when responding on air.
“I'm not the Brianna that the White House should be focused on right now. Breonna Taylor is."
@brikeilarCNN responds to Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany's remarks about her. pic.twitter.com/dR40GxR4u7
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) September 25, 2020
In a 10 minute takedown, Keilar took the White House to task for its claims.
"I'm not the Brianna that the White House should be focused on right now. Breonna Taylor is. Breonna Taylor, the 26 year old EMT who had just worked a series of overnight shifts in the E.R. as [the virus] started to take hold in the U.S. when she was shot dead by police. Breonna Taylor, who was killed in a police raid that was the apparent result of poor detective work."
Keilar then said that the White House actually wanted the media to cover Taylor's murder, because it believes not enough Americans care about Breonna Taylor to examine the misinformation regarding it, allowing the White House to spread further disinformation to encourage Americans to conflate protesters with violence, all the while distracting from its widely-panned response to the virus.
After calling out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for the segment he devoted to her words, she focused again on McEnany:
"At no time did I suggest that violence is justice, and I can't believe I even have to explain that. But the alternative is letting someone like Kayleigh McEnany misquote and manipulate what you say. McEnany, who repeatedly lies to the American people."
People were here for Keilar's takedown.
Brianna Keilar just annihilated Tucker Carlson, Fox News, Kayleigh McEnany and Donald Trump with basic facts after they all tried to blame two cops being shot on her questioning the Kentucky AG's use of the word "mob."
WATCH THE WHOLE THING. pic.twitter.com/froKAd9XcR
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) September 25, 2020
This was excellent @brikeilarcnn. https://t.co/95vUwqnZYF
— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) September 25, 2020
When you drag a liar, I can think of few people who do it with as much surgical precision as @brikeilarcnn. 👀 https://t.co/wlEUOMvnzl
— DeMarcus 🛹 (@semperdiced) September 25, 2020
FROM THE TOP ROPE! https://t.co/eNclVF73lp pic.twitter.com/p7IkiiyM7n
— Stream the Vote (@StreamtheVote) September 25, 2020
@brikeilarcnn is my hero.
— MakeseMotley (@MakeseMotley) September 25, 2020
Brianna Keilar to Kayleigh Mcenany right now pic.twitter.com/27DLxXCkNg
— avilajonnn (@avilajonnn) September 25, 2020
And McEnany's attempts to link Keilar's words to violence against police weren't well received.
The fact that @PressSec drops this inflammatory, possibly libellous, accusation and then leaves the room says more about her than it does @brikeilarcnn, who is - from everything I've seen - an excellent journalist. #JournalismIsNotACrime https://t.co/qDduScOVUb
— Kamahl Santamaria (@KamahlAJE) September 24, 2020
Garbage Pail Barbie at it again... https://t.co/N2a1lPeQ1Q pic.twitter.com/fWsBdUr27y
— JC Hughes (@JCHughes55) September 24, 2020