Going into the home stretch of the election, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is arguably the most important member of the White House staff. She is the public face of the administration and is in front of the media regularly. This is why her diagnosis of COVID-19, announced today, is a major blow to the President’s reelection hopes.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 5, 2020
One of the inherent advantages an incumbent president has over a challenger is the earned media they receive as a result of their position. Joe Biden generally has to pay for his exposure. He does not do many interviews or events, so his ads are the only way he gets on television. But President Trump must be reported on by mainstream media whether they like it or not and McEnany is the primary surrogate for the President’s policies and successes while also being an excellent front-line defender against mainstream media’s lies.
Can she be replaced? Possibly. But it seems more likely there will simply not be White House press briefings until she returns. That would be a mistake, but the bigger mistake would be to throw someone up there who does not handle the media with nearly the same skill that McEnany does.
It’s up to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to insert someone into the role temporarily or do it himself if possible. This close to the election, the White House cannot go media-dark. Kayleigh McEnany may not be replaceable, but they need to try for now.
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