White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany may now bombastically try to paint Democratic nominee Joe Biden as inept and a “radical socialist” whose presidency would ensure the catastrophic undoing of America.
But she hasn’t always been so critical of President Donald Trump’s rival in the 2020 election.
In audio unearthed by CNN’s “KFile” on Monday, McEnany in August 2015 described Biden as “funny,” “likable” and a “man of the people.”
Biden, then Barack Obama’s vice president, was at the time mulling a run in the 2016 election.
“I think the Republicans run into a problem if it is Joe Biden and if it is maybe a Trump on the other side,” said McEnany in an interview for New York’s AM970.
“Because Joe Biden, one of the things he is remarkable at is really kind of being a man of the people and resonating with middle-class voters, feeling like, coming off as human,” she continued. “His gaffes, as much as we make fun of them, to a certain extent they make him look human. So not, since he’s likable.”
McEnany later suggested Biden would likely be easier for Trump to beat but she thought “the juxtaposition of kind of the man of the people, kind of this tycoon, is a problem.”
“Although Donald Trump’s remarkably coming off as a man of the people despite being this wealthy business tycoon,” she added.
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McEnany this week put her change in tone on Biden down to him becoming “an empty vessel for the liberal elites and far left,” reported CNN.
The Trump flak’s past comments have come back to haunt her before, however.
In 2015, McEnany slammed Trump’s divisive rhetoric on immigrants as “racist” and called him a “showman” in a series of interviews on CNN.
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McEnany months later went all-in for the president after becoming a pro-Trump contributor for the network. She then became a spokesperson for the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee.