On Friday during a press conference White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was heckled and told to concede Trump’s defeat to president-elect Joe Biden. This was McEnany’s first press briefing in 49 days.
“Playboy” reporter Brian Karem shouted at McEnany as she took questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When will you admit you lost?” Karem heckled loudly from the very back of the briefing room.
Karem and the Trump administration have sparred in the past. Back in 2019, Trump revoked Karem’s White House “hard pass” for 30 days after he took part in a confrontation at the White House Rose Garden with Trump’s then advisor Sebastian Gorka.
Karem and “Playboy” sued the White House. A federal appeals court ruled against the Trump administration.
Karem wasn’t McEnany’s only issue during the press briefing. She also had a hostile spat with CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins of CNN.
Collins confronted McEnany as she was wrapping up the briefing and refused to take her question.
“I don’t call on activists,” McEnany sniped.
McEnany’s uncalled for remark angered Collins who responded with a sharp response.
“I’m not an activist and you haven’t taken questions since October and you just took about five, Kayleigh,” Collins fired back.
“That’s not doing your job. Your taxpayer-funded job.”
Collins later stated that it was clear that McEnany was not calling on people whose questions she did not want to answer.
White House correspondent April Ryan weighed in on the exchange on Twitter, calling McEnany “unfit” to serve as White House press secretary.
“So, reporting the truth and asking questions for real answers and truth makes you an activist then so be it. @PressSec you need to activate yourself out of there. Unfit for the job,” she tweeted.
So reporting the truth and asking questions for real answers and truth makes you an activist then so be it. @PressSec you need to activate yourself out of there. Unfit for the job. https://t.co/qjROysZXnT— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) November 20, 2020
During the press briefing, McEnany confirmed Donald Trump would meet with officials from the Michigan state legislature. She went on to dispute that the conversation was an “advocacy meeting” to change election results.