, the former White House press secretary
, appears to have decided that lying about America's Founding Fathers
was the best way to defend them.
McEnany was on Fox News
Tuesday morning as part of an all-white panel discussing Rep. Cori Bush
's (D-MO) July 4th
tweet, in which she stated that Black people
are still not free in America.
When they say the Fourth of July
is about American freedom, keep in mind that the freedom they are referring to is for white people. This land is stolen land, and Black people are still not free. — Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 4, 2021
McEnany was irritated by Bush's tweet more than the other members of the panel.
“The haters never take a day off from hating, that is clear,” McEnany said, adding, “and they never take a day off from getting the facts
wrong, because we know most of our forefathers, all of our main Founding Fathers, were against slavery
, recognized the evils of it.”
To be clear, McEnany is incorrect. While historians disagree on the exact number of Founding Fathers who owned slaves, the majority of men present at the signing of the Declaration of Independence were slaveowners.
In response to McEnany's claim, the misinformation
organization Media Matters For America
pointed out that George Washington
enslaved hundreds of people, Thomas Jefferson enslaved over 600 people, and James Madison
enslaved over 100 people.
McEnany's "big lie
" can be found below.
McEnany's phony history
lesson failed to impress Twitter
And just before saying that, she said, "The haters never take a day off from hating, that is clear, and they never take a day off from getting the facts wrong." Truly amazing. — Lis Power (@LisPower1) July 6, 2021
Didn't @kayleighmcenany say she doesn't lie as a Christian? Well, she sure lied in this @FoxNews segment about slavery and the Founding Fathers. Did @ShannonBream @KennedyNation or Bill Bennett correct this obviously, and easily fact-checked, lie? https://t.co/V4TN7olYSn
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) July 6, 2021
According to one study, 41 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence owned slaves. https://t.co/mGCZhpR7n
pic.twitter.com/hkz1xglcGn — John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) July 6, 2021
The last two photos
are recreations of George Washington's quarters at Mount Vernon, where he kept the people he owned. https://t.co/Q9KZezSxQW
pic.twitter.com/iY8wolD2Dy — Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 6, 2021