Kayleigh McEnany Had Harsh Words For The White House Press Corps

It's never a good idea to take to social media to make assumptions about how an event might go, particularly if a tweet or a comment doesn't age well. Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany seems to have forgotten this rule, because before President Joe Biden's first press conference since his inauguration in January, she tweeted: "Right out of the gate, the White House press corps stands for President Biden. Would have been nice if they would have routinely shown that level of respect for President Trump. I hope this is not indicative of softball questions to come!"

Given that reporters seemed to then ask tough questions, ranging from immigration and voter reform to foreign policy, it soon became apparent that there weren't many "softball questions." At one point, McEnany even applauded the press corps by next tweeting: "Very good question just now on immigration. Reporter confronts President Biden with the words of a migrant saying she came because of President Biden, contradicting his claim that he is not the reason for the crisis."

Twitter pushed back on Kayleigh McEnany's initial tweet about the press conference

Those among the Twitterati who were also watching the news conference reminded McEnany of the reasons why there was a contentious relationship between the Trump White House and the press corps in the first place, with one social media user tweeting: "You get the respect you deserve. Can you blame the Press Corps, hard to respect someone who constantly lies to you. Thus, I'm pretty sure they don't respect you either....Kayleigh." 

Another posted: "Why would they? Trump called the Press, the enemy of the people, why would they stand up for him? Did you forget that already?" A third reminded McEnany that her former boss, Donald Trump, preferred not to deal with policy issues, tweeting: "Can you recall one so-called 'hardball' question ever pitched to the former guy that he actually attempted to answer? Anything he found remotely challenging was dismissed as a nasty question. Next."