The Hatch Act, which has been on the books since 1939, prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activities while they’re on the job. It’s a law that the Trump administration frequently broke: Citizens for Ethics reports that in October 2020, “at least 16 Trump administration officials have violated the Hatch Act a total of more than 60 times, in an unprecedented and escalating assault on the rule of law and the democratic process.” The former-president’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, was also accused of “blurring lines between government and politics and violating longstanding norms, and, in many cases, the Hatch Act, which bans political activity in the federal workplace.” So it’s rich that she accused Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, of doing the same.
“Why does the media not hold @PressSec accountable for potential Hatch Act violations? She has twice advocated for political candidates from the podium. There is no problem in engaging in First Amendment political activity, but it must be done separate and apart from the podium.,” McEnany tweeted, along with a brief video clip of Psaki saying that “we’re going to do everything we can to help” Terry McAuliffe reclaim Virginia’s governorship, “and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”
Why does the media not hold @PressSec accountable for potential Hatch Act violations? She has twice advocated for political candidates from the podium.
There is no problem in engaging in First Amendment political activity, but it must be done separate and apart from the podium. https://t.co/ICLldHRCgs
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 15, 2021
Psaki has faced criticisms of potential Hatch Act violations before, but McEnany is the last person who should be crying wolf at conflicts of interest. No wonder it’s being called “the least self-aware tweet in history.”
Seriously? Fuck off.
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) October 15, 2021
P.S. Let's not forget this Hatch Act gem: pic.twitter.com/kHmuDm2aMz
— WhatIfBarackOrHillarySaidIt 💉😷🗳️💙 (@IfBarack) October 15, 2021
I remember when one Kayleigh McEnany was receiving a salary as Press Sec and at the same moonlighting as a Trump campaign spokesperson.
Do you know who I'm talking about?
— Chidi®️ (@ChidiNwatu) October 15, 2021
Is this the least self-aware tweet in history?
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) October 15, 2021
Have you met you?
— Machine Pun Kelly (@KellyScaletta) October 15, 2021
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha that’s rich coming from someone like you…
— ᑭᗩᑌᒪ ᕼ.🐝 (@GTThrashFan) October 15, 2021
Do they teach projection at Harvard or did Kayleigh learn it at Trump U? https://t.co/xbxMoGpRIG
— Chris Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) October 15, 2021
Former spokesperson for the president who held a political convention at the White House weighs in on the Hatch Act https://t.co/pHq00V7Mw4
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) October 15, 2021
You have got to be kidding me. Coming from you this terribly ironic https://t.co/wim2RYhyPD
— Jake Hicks (@JakeHicks88) October 15, 2021