Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was officially welcomed to Fox News on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old participated in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on “The Faulkner Focus.” McEnany discussed various topics, including what it was like being a new mother while also performing as Trump’s press secretary; she also discussed her feelings toward the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol domestic terrorist attack.
She claims she was taken aback by the rioting and initially believed it was going to be a peaceful protest. “I think at the beginning of the day before everyone went to the rally, everyone was expecting peace,” McEnany recalled.
“We had been to hundreds of rallies — I’ve probably been to hundreds at this point, certainly many dozens — and they were nothing but peaceful events, and we expected that day to be the same.”
She continued: “And then as those events transpired, it was disbelief, shock, somber, sad, horrified by the violence, and it was a very hard, difficult day in the White House, there is no doubt.” McEnany said she and other White House staffers all agreed the attack was against their beliefs.
“It was a, I should say, widespread feeling, synonymous feeling, completely,” she said. “A feeling that everyone felt, the — just completely condemning the actions of that day. Horrified and very somber.
The official announcement came weeks after it was reported that McEnany had been in talks to join Fox News immediately after leaving the Trump administration. Talks were put on hold following the January 6 attacks at the Capitol.
Some inside the newsroom at Fox News aren’t too happy with the addition of McEnany.
“It’s truly disgusting they fired hard-working journalists who did care about facts and news reporting only to turn around and hire a mini-Goebbels whose incessant lies from the White House helped incite an insurrection on our democracy that got five people killed, including a police officer,” a Fox News insider told The Daily Beast
Another Fox News employee also was upset with the hiring saying, “There is no objectivity in this business anymore. It’s a self-serving profiteering enterprise.” The staffer said McEnany clearly appeals to Fox because of “name recognition, notoriety, an obvious willingness to say anything her employer desires. The viewers are morons.”
In her first interview since leaving the White House, Kayleigh McEnany tells Fox News’ Harris Faulkner of her “shock” and “disbelief” at deadly Capitol riot. “It was a very hard, difficult day in the White House.” pic.twitter.com/4dkTXwPSbU
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