The President of the United States, Donald J Trump, has exceeded expectations even among those within his own party, and he has excelled in nearly every area of his Presidency, minus one. Oddly enough and despite that success and his leadership, the Commander and Chief has found some difficulty in finding a great Press Secretary. Well, as one story reported, that problem may be solved.
In Kayleigh McEnany, the President may have found more than a press secretary too, although that would be enough, and McEnany may prove to be much more. As the aforementioned story reported, “She’s really good at this and it shows.”
For the President’s team, this is great news and it goes far beyond the ability to handle the responsibilities of the job. For starters though, McEnany could be the end to a long and tenuous search for a Press Secretary that can do just that – the job.
If the long list of past Press Secretaries is any indication, simply being able to do the job would be a step in the right direction. It would also seemingly be something that Kellyanne Conway, Stephanie Grisham, Sean Spicer, and others couldn’t do.
Perhaps it was the pressure from the media? Maybe was the demand for preparation – of so many potential topics? Whatever it is that has made this role so difficult to fill for the President and his team, the early returns from McEnany suggest that she is more than capable.
Based on our story, the media either smelled fresh blood or saw fresh meat, and then they attacked. One reporter met McEnany with a question about a statement she made months ago, and as that story so eloquently stated, “Little did he know that she’d be loaded for bear.”
That question was regarding a statement she made on Fox Business declaring that President Trump “would not allow” this virus to reach the United States. A lesser spokesperson, a less prepared and less savvy speaker might have choked, she didn’t.
As the story shared, “McEnany points out if we are going to asking people to take back things they said before we even knew this was a pandemic, the media should be at the front of the line. They printed countless stories downplaying the threat of the virus and bashing President Trump for his early measures.”
And you could tell, as the story noted, that she was prepared, citing examples from not one but several media outlets. Turning the script she posed the question back to the Press, citing neither the Washington Post, New York Times, or NPR as media outlets that failed to make a single retraction.
Now that is doing the job, and she could end up being a secret weapon for President Trump’s 2020 campaign. The polls have been suggesting for some time now that the banter and back-and-forth between the President and the members of the Press haven’t done anything to help his approval ratings. If they have done anything, in fact, they have hurt is perception and approval.
Enter a savvy Press Secretary to be that buffer.
The Biden camp will need some help to make a run at the President in November, and something like ongoing Press briefings that hurt his approval rating could be that kind of help. If the President’s team could find someone who could speak capably on his behalf, that would be very useful.
Now, if the President’s team could find someone who could not only handle those conferences, briefings, and engagements but also make him look good while doing it? Then they might have someone who looks a whole lot like Kayleigh McEnany.
Nobody knows with absolute certainty how this pandemic will play out. That also means that if things were to take an ugly turn, it could very well be the boost the Democrats and Biden need. That would also mean that it would be even that much more important for the President to have a mouthpiece like McEnany.
In the end, she could prove to be much more than a Press Secretary, she could be the wildcard the President needs in November. It never hurts to have an Ace in the hole.