Apparently CNN’s Jim Acosta hasn’t learned the simple rule of the White House Press Conference: don’t mess with Kayleigh.
He had to learn AGAIN this week after he attempted to misrepresent the president’s words from an Ohio rally.
He alleged that the president claimed that the Coronavirus “affects virtually nobody.” He very carefully avoided reciting the rest of the president’s quote which makes it clear he was talking about the effect on CHILDREN specifically and leftout the president’s detailed discussion of the mortality rates in that group.
Kayleigh smacked down his nonsense.
“I think he was talking about younger Americans,” she said.
“He said it ‘affects virtually nobody,” Acosta repeated, like an idiot. “But he said to Bob Woodward that ‘it’s not just older people, it’s young people, too,’ at 200,000 deaths shouldn’t be telling people the truth about this virus at his rallies?”
Kayleigh wasn’t having it.
“You are taking it out of context because you’re making an assertion that he’s not giving critical information when, in fact, he is and I will underscore exactly what he said,” McEnany said. “He said this, ‘You know, in some states thousands of people, and they’ve had nobody young, below the age of 18 like nobody. They have a strong immune system.’ That is factually true, you can go to the America Academy of Pediatrics website, the Children’s Hospital Association and they list a number of states that have had zero pediatric deaths.”
Acosta repeatedly interrupted her, but he was no match for the press secretary.
“Yes, it is exactly as I read it to you, that in several states, they have had zero pediatric deaths. I have the entire list here: Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, and the list goes on. As you may not know, Jim, the COVID has a .01 mortality rate for people under the age of 18, so it is not a disease that affects young people in the same way as older people, which is the exact point the president was making last night.”