If you’re in need of some humor, former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany provided plenty of laughter on Twitter with a post she made (and later deleted) about the murder rate under the Biden administration.
The problem: The chart she referenced to make her point actually measured a rising murder rate while failed, one-term former President Donald Trump was in office.
According to Mediate, here’s what happened:
Former Trump Press Secretary and current Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany deleted a tweet Wednesday night that slammed the sharp increase in the murder rate in 2020.
Her quote tweet of a New York Times article on crime rate trends included a predictably political missive: “The US Murder Rate under Joe Biden…”
However, as many on Twitter were quick to point out, the massive increase in the murder rate shown on the graph happened in 2020, when the president was Donald Trump, and McEnany worked at the White House. Oops.
And here’s McEnany’s tweet:
The report from the Times referenced by McEnany states:
The United States in 2020 experienced the biggest rise in murder since the start of national record-keeping in 1960, according to data gathered by the F.B.I. for its annual report on crime.
The Uniform Crime Report will stand as the official word on an unusually grim year, detailing a rise in murder of around 29 percent.
If Kayleigh had bothered to think for a moment, she would have realized that Biden didn’t take office until January 20, 2021, meaning a crime stat from 2020 would fall on her former boss.
And deleting the tweet only complicates the matter, because it draws attention to McEnany’s flub. Then again, the moment she hit the “Tweet” button, her self-own became a fait accompli. Oh, and she even managed to own Trump, too. That’s one hell of a twofer.
Reactions on social media to Kayleigh’s idiocy were piquant and hilarious:
Only the best people. Right, Kayleigh?