Using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse, Democrats are pushing hard to completely revamp the manner in which our nation conducts elections — namely, with a massive shift away from in-person voting and toward mail-in ballots.
President Donald Trump, for his part, has strongly opposed this effort as ripe for fraud and unnecessary — and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany seems to agree. According to Breitbart, McEnany dropped a bomb on the media Wednesday when she explained curtly that if Americans can gather in the streets to protest police brutality, they can surely gather at the polls this November.
“I think there’s a way to safely vote if you can safely protest,” McEnany told reporters at a White House press briefing, according to Breitbart.
The media’s double standard
As McEnany alluded, there has been a blatant double standard at play over the past few weeks: Democrats and their media allies have held their tongues regarding the potential for a spike in COVID-19 infections among the tens of thousands of protesters who have taken to the streets in cities across America following the horrific murder of 46-year-old George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.
Their silence comes in stark contrast to the constant haranguing from those same Dems and media talking heads about the incredible dangers that voters would face in November if they had to leave their homes and go to a polling place to cast their ballots.
During her briefing Wednesday, McEnany addressed that ridiculous duality head-on.
“You’re asking a hypothetical about something five months from now, at a time, ironically, when the media hasn’t expressed much outrage about a lack of mitigation efforts taken by some of the protesters,” she said, as Breitbart reported.
“There’s a way to safely vote. There’s a way to safely go to church,” McEnany added, according to a transcript provided by the White House. “And that’s what the president would like to see.”
Protests are OK, churches aren’t?
Just prior to that, a reporter had asked about the evident double standard and possible infringements on Americans’ civil liberties, which McEnany said both Trump and the Justice Department are looking into.
“There are absolute double standards that we’ve seen,” she said, according to the transcript. “You know, I read about one case where you had an allowance of outside gathering and protest, but indoor, churches could not gather even with socially-distance protocols… There have been several cases pointed to where people attending church in their cars were targeted by law enforcement officers,” the press secretary added, saying that’s simply “unacceptable.”
McEnany went on:
You know, people should be allowed to worship. We have a First Amendment in this country. There’s a way to safely do it. I went to mass and was able to safely attend, distance from people. And there were appropriate protocols that were taken in that case. And that’s what we hope to see.
As always, McEnany was absolutely correct to call out the media’s decidedly largely one-sided coverage, which has been favorable to the protests while still fraught with faux concern over people voting and attending church. If it is OK for people to gather in large crowds to go and protest, they should be allowed to gather in much smaller crowds at their local houses of worship — or at their polling places this November.