White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed a reporter for interrupting her during a press conference.
“You need to let me finish,” McEnany told CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid on Thursday. “It’s quite funny that the media goes haywire about interrupting in debates and then chooses to pursue that very same tactic themselves.”
“This is a White House briefing,” she said. “You ask a question, and you give me time to answer.”
The exchange came about when Reid had asked McEnany: “The FBI And the Department of Homeland Security say that racially motivated violent extremism is one of the deadliest threats that we face in the U.S. Does the White House agree with that assessment, and what is it doing to combat this threat?”
“The president has done quite a bit to combat this threat. First of all, last week, he also, in addition to saying he wants to prosecute the KKK as domestic terrorists, he said that lynching should be a national hate crime. Again, I think there is no stronger signal that you can send than advocating for the execution of a white supremacist — the first time there’s been a federal execution in 17 years,” McEnany responded.
Reid then said that “his record is very mixed.”
The exchange comes after many within the media and liberal commentators denounced President Trump’s debate performance for interrupting Democratic nominee Joe Biden and moderator Chris Wallace.
Overall, the debate was panned as a dumpster fire and similar descriptions from those on both sides of the aisle.
“That was a shit show,” CNN host Dana Bash said live on air.
Journalists and commentators from Fox News slammed the night as one where Wallace lost control as moderator.
“Why is @JoeBiden allowed to interrupt? @realDonaldTrump is not,” Fox & Friends host Kilmeade tweeted, in addition to other tweets criticizing the moderation of the debate.
Fox News contributor Andrew McCarthy also took aim at Wallace for not pressuring Biden to answer the questions presented, adding that though he loves Wallace, he should “get out of the way.”