McEnany calls out top CNN anchors by name for encouraging violent protests

McEnany calls out top CNN anchors by name for encouraging violent protests

    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called in for CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon during Monday's news briefing for their recent rhetoric about violent protests.
    A reporter asked if President Trump was sorry about how peaceful protesters were treated, as the nation was flooded with protests that have sometimes turned violent since George Floyd 's death in police custody on Memorial Day.


    "The president is sorry that Antifa wrought havoc in our streets and that some of the media have failed to note that, Like CNN's Chris Cuomo said, 'Show me where it says protesters are supposed to be peaceful.' Well, I point him to the First Amendment where it's said you have the right to 'peacefully assemble.' He should go back and read the Constitution," McEnany said.

    "Many others out there, Don Lemon said rioting is a 'mechanism to restructure our country,'" said McEnany. "The rioters' acts were not in accordance with the First Amendment and I think the media need to understand that there is a discernment between the nonviolent demonstrators, many of whom I've seen, and the rioters."   

    McEnany added Trump, "will not allow buildings to be burned."
    Last week, the namesake of "Cuomo Prime Time" raised eyebrows when he suggested the protesters shouldn't be "political and peaceful."

    "Now, too many see the protests as the problem. No, the problem is what forced your fellow citizens to take to the streets: persistent, poisonous inequities and injustice," Cuomo told his viewers. "And please show me where it says protestors are supposed to be polite and peaceful because I can show you that outraged citizens are what made the country what it is and led to any major milestone.   
    Cuomo later added, "Police are the ones that need to be calm, de-escalate, and remain calm."
    Apparently, McEnany, who made a habit of calling out media members for their own behavior in the face of hostile questions, noticed it.
    Meanwhile, Lemon claimed Trump was "contributing" to the climate that contributed to the death of Floyd and was the president's vocal critic.

    "We teeter on a dictatorship. It's anarchy. Does the president — I listen, the president declares war on the Americans?  He claims he wants to shield peaceful protesters by bringing law enforcement and military forces into the streets to beat back peaceful protesters, to be violent with peaceful protesters. He's doing the exact opposite of what he said in that speech," Lemon said last week following Trump's Rose Garden address when he said that if states didn't get riots under control, they would consider deploying the armed services.  

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