In 2018, McEnany Defended Ivanka's Private Email Use: She's A Working Mom
In 2018, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, then-spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, defended Ivanka Trump’s use of private email to conduct government business, implying her status as a working mom made the mistake understandable.
During an MSNBC interview, fellow guest Peter Emerson said he believed Trump's use of private email was deliberate, contrary to the presidential daughter's explanation that she was unaware of the laws governing email use.
McEnany interrupted in Trump's defense: “This was before she was ever briefed on the rules, so to say it was deliberate is just inaccurate."
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.
- 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.
- 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? No, she gets chants of ‘lock her up, lock her up, lock her up.'”