Kayleigh McEnany, spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, appeared on MSNBC Saturday to defend Ivanka Trump’s use of private email to conduct government business, implying her status as a working mom made the mistake understandable, at the very least.
Ivanka Trump, a senior White House advisor and daughter of the president, was caught using her personal email account in violation of government regulations — despite the fact that Hillary Clinton doing the same was a centerpiece of her father’s 2016 presidential campaign.
When fellow guest Peter Emerson said he believed Trump’s use of private email was deliberate, McEnany interrupted, calling the assertion untrue.
Further, the RNC spokesperson said, Trump’s mistakes occurred before she knew the rules:
“This was before she was ever briefed on the rules, so to say it was deliberate is just inaccurate, McEnany argued.
MSNBC anchor Alex Witt stepped in to remind McEnany that Trump’s criticism of Clinton’s email use had been a focal point of his campaign.
“Do you think it speaks well of Ivanka Trump, where she didn’t just say, ‘This was a huge problem all my father talked about this all the time on the campaign trail.’ I’ve got to be honest, I wouldn’t have needed to be briefed,” Witt noted.
In response, McEnany insisted that Trump was simply guilty of multitasking as a working mom:
“I don’t think it was a lapse of judgement at all, I think when she’s juggling ten things at once and making child care plans that happen to touch on official business, she wasn’t thinking about the public records act, certainly not before being briefed,” McEnany replied.
However, former House GOP committee counsel and Republican congressional candidate Sophia Nelson jumped in to point out McEnany’s hypocrisy:
“Hillary Clinton was making wedding plans for her daughter’s wedding on her emails, does she get a pass?” Nelson asked. “No, she gets chants of ‘lock her up, lock her up, lock her up.'”
Nelson said the situation is "bad optics" for the White House, adding: “You can’t say ‘lock up’ one woman and the other one gets a pass."