White Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) of hypocrisy for reportedly having a relationship with a suspected Chinese spy when he had been a proponent of the Russia collusion probe. She also accused the media of underreporting this story as well as the ongoing story about the federal investigation Hunter Biden‘s taxes.
At a Tuesday press briefing, McEnany was discussing the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran and saying that the four peace deals the United States has negotiated between Israel and predominantly Muslim countries did not get much media coverage. She added, “but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised because in the last 24, 48 hours, there have been quite a few stories that have not gotten a ton of coverage in the mainstream media.”
After which, the press secretary described the details of the original Axios report that broke the story about Swalwell, praising the outlet’s reporting.
She then turned her attention to Swalwell, accusing the Democratic congressman of hypocrisy for getting close to a suspected Chinese spy named Christine Fang when he had falsely accused President Donald Trump of collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
“Swalwell hypocritically went on to be one of the lead instigators of the Russia collusion hoax and the impeachment sham,” McEnany said.
She then pulled various quotes of Swalwell, where he falsely accused Trump and his allies of collusion with Russia and having a wide range of ties to the country.
After these quotes, McEnany said, “these baseless attacks were false yet covered breathlessly by the media. There was no coverage, however, of Swalwell being the one implicated with not Russia, but China. In fact, The New York Times website, as of this morning had not one result for Eric Swalwell’s ties to Chinese spies, not one result.”
Furthermore, she claimed that on the day the Swalwell story broke, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS had “zero” coverage of the story.
CNN, she said, “devoted three minutes and 16 seconds to it.”
Additionally, McEnany went on to compare various outlets’ headlines about Hunter Biden before and after the November 3 election to suggest that these outlets were favorable to then-candidate Joe Biden prior to the election but started to report on Hunter Biden after, which she called an “interesting turn of events”.
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