A Photographer Finally Got a Close-Up Shot of the Tabs on Kayleigh McEnany's Press Briefing Binder and Yeah, It's a Lot
Former White House press secretaries Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Stephanie Grisham did away with daily White House press briefings during their tenures as the number of scandals within the Trump administration began to pile up.
Current press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has revived regular press briefings since taking over in May, though they're still not daily.
Now, a photographer has gotten a closeup of the numerous topics McEnany prepares to cover when answering questions from White House correspondents.
It's a somewhat overwhelming sight.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany flips through the topic headings in her binder during the daily press… https://t.co/tZH4yfVDrD— Jonathan Ernst (@Jonathan Ernst)1594945445.0
Among the topics listed are "cases," "China," "reopen," "Meuller [sic]," and more.
McEnany appears prepared to discuss violations of the Hatch Act from within the administration, as well as the upcoming 2020 election, in which Trump is trailing Democratic nominee Joe Biden by double digits in most polls.
Another topic in the tabs is "school," most likely containing talking points regarding the Trump administration's push to reopen schools in little over a month's time, regardless of the state of the pandemic that's killed nearly 140 thousand Americans.
Another section is labeled "wins."
People were stunned to see the dozens of controversies and defenses compiled in the binder.
@j_ernst_DC @maggieNYT I have to confess, I did not have "Kayleigh McEnany reveals all 2020 Hellscape Bingo Topics"… https://t.co/E4jjJ2qTYK— Jake Walton (@Jake Walton)1594956898.0
@j_ernst_DC @maggieNYT haha! I knew she flipped through a binder but who knew it was this organized. Research equ… https://t.co/BWGLK35fY6— MaryE Sutton (@MaryE Sutton)1594956152.0
@j_ernst_DC @carlquintanilla Guess we have to give her credit for being organized—it’s too bad everything written in her binder is BS— S. Sadowsky (@S. Sadowsky)1594956170.0
@j_ernst_DC Me going into my open-book exam.— Robert Thomas inversecondemnation.com (@Robert Thomas inversecondemnation.com)1594957176.0
@j_ernst_DC @maggieNYT Every page says “unprecedented” a minimum of 6 times.— The 18th Letter (@The 18th Letter)1594956441.0
@j_ernst_DC This shot is amazing and sums up the whole Trump philosophy— GraceTweetsHerFeelings (@GraceTweetsHerFeelings)1594969758.0
But Twitter users didn't think the organization gave any additional credence to McEnany's usual talking points.
@j_ernst_DC @maggieNYT It’s one of the largest collection of lies ever assembled.— Tim Armstrong (@Tim Armstrong)1594984325.0
@j_ernst_DC @ShaneGoldmacher She forgot a tab: Lies. Oh right, they’re included in every tab.— Jo Cool (@Jo Cool)1594959548.0
McEnany has demonstrated in the past that she believes binders are an effective presentation tool—even if the substance of what's in them is questionable.