White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday described state-level guidance intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus at Thanksgiving as “Orwellian,” contradicting local authorities and arguing that such proposals were un-American.
The remarks from President Donald Trump’s top spokesperson came in an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” after McEnany was asked by co-host Steve Doocy specifically about “suggestions and guidelines” from some governors that residents not gather in large groups when celebrating next Thursday.
“I think a lot of the guidelines you’re seeing are Orwellian,” McEnany said, instead referring to Thanksgiving guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The American people know how to protect their health. We’ve dealt with Covid for many months,” she continued. “But it’s Orwellian in a place like Oregon to say, ‘If you gather in numbers more than six, we might come to your house and arrest you, and you get 30 days of jail time.’ That’s not the American way. We don’t lose our freedom in this country. We make responsible health decisions as individuals.” (Read more from “White House Press Secretary Calls Coronavirus Precautions for Thanksgiving ‘Orwellian’” HERE)