President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign national press secretary is hitting back hard after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Trump not to run in 2020.
Kayleigh McEnany appeared on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” to respond to Pelosi’s comments from a recent Rolling Stone interview.
Pelosi’s interview was from a “Women Shaping the Future” edition of Rolling Stone, which also featured Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut. (All Democrats, because apparently Republican women don’t “shape the future.”)
The four women also appear in a short video for Rolling Stone, which clearly seems meant to influence young female voters.
The video features slow motion shots of the women doing things like triumphantly walking together or getting their pictures taken.
The montage is sprinkled with interview clips where the politicians discuss important issues — like what their theme songs are.
Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Jahana Hayes share their advice for young women, what they would say to Trump and their go-to theme song. See more from our #WomenShapingtheFuture cover here: https://t.co/fbcMUMnNxK pic.twitter.com/nGCFLwZhG3
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 27, 2019
During one interview clip, Pelosi revealed what she’d tell the president if she got the chance: “Mr. President, do the country a favor — don’t run.”
Besides taking it as a sarcastic quip meant to fit in with a younger audience, it’s hard to know what Pelosi hoped to accomplish by telling Trump not to run.
Is she scared that he’ll win again?
McEnany certainly thought so, dismissing Pelosi’s message as “pathetic” on Fox News on Friday. McEnany told host Martha MacCallum that there is “zero chance” of the president taking Pelosi’s advice.
“I can tell you the president is excited for this campaign. He’s geared up. He’s ready,” McEnany said.
“I’m sure Nancy Pelosi does not want him to run. Because how can you argue against results? A soaring economy, wages growing at the fastest pace in 10 years, remedying our trade imbalances across the world.”
“You can’t argue against success,” McEnany continued.
McEnany also had some advice of her own for Pelosi, saying the House speaker “should spend less time palling around with a socialist and a congresswoman with anti-Semitic remarks and spend more time focusing on working with the president.”
She was, of course, referring to self-proclaimed “Democratic socialist” Ocasio-Cortez, and to Omar, who has been accused of anti-Semitism.
While Pelosi’s comment was flippant, Republicans should take it as a good sign that she’s worried about another Trump win.
It also gave McEnany a great opportunity to champion the president’s successes in office.
There’s a woman who’s definitely “shaping the future.”