In 2015, McEnany Praised Biden As A ‘Man Of The People’ Over ‘Tycoon’ Trump

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Kayleigh McEnany hasn't always refered to Joe Biden as "sleepy" and a "radical socialist."

Before Kayleigh McEnany threw her support behind President Donald Trump, the now-White House press secretary described then-Vice President Joe Biden as a "man of the people" who resonates with "middle class voters,” even calling him “funny and likable,” according to CNN.

CNN’s KFile reviewed August 2015 interviews in which McEnany said a Trump-Biden race could spell trouble for Republicans, though Biden never threw his hat into the ring.

"I think the Republicans run into a problem if it is Joe Biden and if it is maybe a Trump on the other side," McEnany said on local New York's AM970. "Because Joe Biden, one of the things he is remarkable at is really kind of being a man of the people and resonating with middle class voters. Feeling like -- coming off as human. His gaffes -- as much as we make fun of them -- to a certain extent they make him look human. So not, since he's likable."

Asked whether Biden or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be easier for the GOP to beat in 2016, McEnany said most likely Biden — unless the Republican candidate was Trump.

"I think at the end of the day, probably Joe, although if Trump is against Joe, I think the juxtaposition of kind of the man of the people and kind of this tycoon, is a problem," she said. "Although Donald Trump's remarkably coming off as a man of the people despite being this wealthy business tycoon."

McEnany made similar comments earlier that week on Fox Business Network, where she predicted that Biden would be the nominee.

"When you have Joe Biden here who's funny and likeable and can resonate with the middle class, he really can speak to the average, everyday American, versus Hillary Clinton who's cold and somber," she said. "Remember when she had to -- that calculated move of drinking a drink at a bar to seem like a human being. Joe Biden is a human and people will resonate with that. I predict he will be the nominee."

Now, McEnany follows Trump's lead and attacks Biden as "sleepy" and "a radical socialist."

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