Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany sparked a slush of mockery on Twitter after she shared a graphic on Thursday showing a rise in murders in 2020 and blamed it on Joe Biden, who became president in 2021.
“The U.S. murder rate under Joe Biden…” she wrote, alongside a graphic showing a nearly 30% spike in murders last year, when she was a spokesperson for then-President Donald Trump. The graph was included in an article by The New York Times this week about the increase in murders last summer and the flattening of the murder rate this year.
McEnany deleted the tweet, but not before numerous journalists and Twitter users captured it.
McEnany did not acknowledge her error. After deleting the first tweet, she issued a new one blaming Democratic mayors and the movement to defund the police for rising crime, while claiming that Biden, who did not hold any office in 2020, had “enabled this.”
The Times reported that there isn’t a clear picture on what caused the rise in murders last year but that “analysts have pointed to many possible contributing factors, including various pandemic stresses; increased distrust between the police and the public after the murder of George Floyd, including a pullback by the police in response to criticism; and increased firearm carrying.”
McEnany, whose tenure at the White House podium was spent lying and deflecting in defense of Trump, has since joined Fox News, where she routinely attacks Biden and rewrites history about the Trump administration.
Check a screengrab of her tweet posted by Brian Stelter and some of the reactions below.
So, @kayleighmcenany has deleted this tweet, which showed 2020's spike in the murder rate under her then-boss President Trump. She falsely blamed Biden. She hasn't posted a correction or apologized to her followers. pic.twitter.com/zs4ypaOQSA
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 23, 2021
Wait, I thought she said she would never lie to us??? 😂
— SarahNoel1229 (@SarahNoel1229) September 23, 2021
You don't expect her issue a correction, do you?
— jeff miller (@jsm72571) September 23, 2021
Why would she apologize to her followers? Posts like that are why they follow her
— Richard Hornik (@RHornik) September 23, 2021
Kayleigh, you really could have just left it because lord know the dim bulbs you call #MAGA would have just believed it as truth because you know, they’re really all about the truth. 🤣
— 🖤Carly Lehwald (@CarlyELehwald) September 24, 2021
She never apologies when she either overtly lies or makes a mistake. She just talks about her supposed faith.
— TheValuesVoter (@TheValuesVoter) September 23, 2021
She’s trying so hard to stay in spotlight 😂 #kayleighmcenany is so yesterday irrelevant, she won’t even make a footnote in history books. Now Jen, that girl will go down in history as the most amazing Press Sec ever. #PsakiBombs
— IMHO (@IMHOjustsaying) September 24, 2021
This is based on a quick glance, and I’ve not read the article, but that graph appears to show that the murder rate goes up under the Republicans and down under the democrats.
— Stuart Castle (@Stuart_c345) September 24, 2021
— Jim Resiter (@jrezzpa) September 23, 2021
Wait. Kayleigh “I will never like to you”McEnany posted something 100% false, then deleted it without informing those who’d read it that it was false? Isn’t that like…lying?
— COVID Ain't Over (@TedLeibowitz) September 23, 2021
Trump ran an ad in Ohio with scenes from his Presidency claiming this is what America would look like under Biden. What else is new?
— Frederick A. Baron (@vizeyB) September 24, 2021