White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump’s decision to hold campaign rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
McEnany’s remarks came during a press briefing at the White House on Wednesday in response to remarks from a reporter who questioned Trump’s commitment to hold the rallies.
“People have a First Amendment right, if they so choose, to show up and express their political opinion in the form of a peaceful protest, which is what the president held,” McEnany said.
REPORTER: "Why did the President have thousands of people, many not wearing masks, at a rally last night?"
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McEnany also called out the media’s “double standard” when it comes to reporting on certain events and the social distancing practices that are implemented at those gatherings:
There is a real double standard here. CNN had on a guest, apparently a doctor, Rob Davidson, who said, ‘Now, true, there are social distancing issues with regard to the protests around the country. However, this is a public health crisis. They are marching against systemic racism.’
“So if you’re allowed to march in aggregate in those protests, you are also allowed to show up at a political rally,” she added. “You have a First Amendment right in this country.”