Chris Johnson, a White House reporter for the Washington Blade — the oldest LGBTQ+ newspaper in the United States — confronted McEnany about Trump’s World AIDS Day speech, noting that the president failed to mention the LGBTQ+ community.
“The president honored World AIDS Day yesterday in a way that no president has before, with the red ribbon there,” McEnany answered Johnson, both ignoring his question and lying to the reporters.
Former president Barack Obama honored the day the exact same way in 2012 — by putting up a large red ribbon in front of the White House. Trump, therefore, is not a trailblazer when it comes to World AIDS Day.
This was the fourth consecutive year that Trump omitted LGBTQ people in his listing of communities impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Erasing #LGBTQ people from the discussion of #HIV/#AIDS on #WorldAIDSDay is DISGUSTING & harkens back to a day when the federal gov let countless members of our community die from the AIDS pandemic. It shouldn’t be a surprise coming from an admin that’s let 250k+ die of COVID-19. https://t.co/i3gwLpcfVV
— NCLR – National Center for Lesbian Rights (@NCLRights) December 2, 2020
Huh. @PressSec said the “president honored World Aids Day yesterday in a way no president has before with the red ribbon there [on the WH].” And yet….that’s clearly been done before. Here’s 2012. pic.twitter.com/LvN90u3F6D
— Sam Stein (@samstein) December 2, 2020
McEnany: Trump was right to ignore LGBTQ people on World AIDS Day
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) December 2, 2020
Reporter: Why didn’t the president reference LGBTQ+ people on World AIDS Day?
Kayleigh McEnany: The president honored World AIDS Day in a way that no president has before … he commemorated the day as he should have. pic.twitter.com/U2P3w3t0N0
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 2, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany Falsely Claims No President Has Honored World AIDS Day Like Trump Did (Obama and Bush Honored it the Exact Same Way) https://t.co/nUJDsmlFRO
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 2, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany: “The president honored World Aids Day yesterday in a way that no president has before with the red ribbon there.”
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) December 2, 2020