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Nov 18, 2020
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TOPLINE In an effort to sustain the false narrative that President-elect Joe Biden did not win the election, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed that the Trump Administration would continue to handle Covid-19 effectively over the next four years, as she hit back at governors across the country for making suggestions about limiting the number of attendees at Thanksgiving tables to control the surge in new cases.

KEY FACTS
During an interview with Fox & Friends Wednesday, McEnany bragged about the Trump Administration’s response to the pandemic and said the “infrastructure” was in place to effectively fight the pandemic during a “second Trump Administration,” even though all major outlets have called the election for Biden.

Trump has yet to concede, but McEnany’s comments Wednesday suggest she believes the president’s effort to overturn the results will prove successful and Trump will remain in power.

Asked by the Fox & Friends hosts directly whether the president would commit to a peaceful transfer of power when it’s “proven” Biden won the election (even though there’s no evidence that he didn’t), McEnany hedged, saying Trump would only move in that direction if the “facts bear out that way.”

Even as she spoke about the administration’s readiness to fight Covid-19, McEnany called most guidelines governors have suggested people follow on Thanksgiving “Orwellian.”

“The American people know how to protect their health,” McEnany went on, bashing suggestions that people limit the size of their gatherings over the holidays to suppress the recently spiking spread of a virus that in nine months has claimed nearly a quarter of million American lives as “not the American way.”

CRUCIAL QUOTE
Last week, Secretary of Mike Pompeo similarly suggested there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” though it’s not clear whether he was joking.

BIG NUMBER
161,934. That’s the number of Covid-19 cases the U.S. reported on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University, after hitting a record high of more than 170,000 cases last week.

TANGENT
To control the record spread, some governors have called on people to limit the size of their Thanksgiving gatherings. During the Fox News interview, McEnany specifically attacked Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D-Ore.), who has issued restrictions limiting social gatherings to no more than six people and said residents could be fined or face jail time for violating the order.

SURPRISING FACT
One local Oregon Republican, Tootie Smith, chairwoman-elect of the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners, announced on social media Saturday she will defy the Oregon governor’s orders. “My family will celebrate Thanksgiving dinner with as many family and friends as I can find. Gov Brown is WRONG to order otherwise,” Smith wrote on Facebook.
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