Fox pundits circle the wagons around Kayleigh McEnany after Trump trashing: ‘Doesn’t deserve this bullying’

The Trump family trashing of a former White House spokesperson wouldn’t stand for some Fox News colleagues who called for an end to the “bullying.”

Throughout the 2024 election cycle, former President Donald Trump has remained openly critical of the cable news network on which he once routinely appeared. While many barbs had been focused on airtime for other candidates and consideration of some less than favorable polls, a new avenue of attack was opened on former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany following the New Hampshire primary.

A word of advice from the aide turned Fox News host had drawn the ire of the former president, and thus his following, prompting one social media user to pose a question comparing McEnany to Trump attorney Alina Habba.

“Who thinks Alina Habba was more loyal to Trump than Kayleigh McEnany ever was?” came the query that earned an answer from the president’s second son, Eric Trump, who captioned the post, “Not even close! @AlinaHabba”

Though it had earned more than 14,000 likes since it was posted Friday afternoon, the dig at McEnany’s alleged loyalty lapse bristled some peers at Fox News enough to merit a response to Trump.

Only minutes after Eric Trump had weighed in, Fox News contributor and American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Marc Thiessen, sounded off, “My God, leave @kayleighmcenany alone. She went out day in day out and skillfully defended him from the podium. Doesn’t deserve this bullying.”

Showing support for their colleagues, Fox News chief political analyst Brit Hume and Fox News Radio political analyst Josh Kraushaar shared Thiessen’s commentary that stemmed from her unsolicited advice for the Trump campaign leading up to Tuesday as well as on the night of the primary.

Speaking to the need to have broad appeal heading into the general election in order to wrestle control of the White House back from the leftists, McEnany had encouraged the president to mind his tone, particularly in light of some concerning data about independent support out of the Granite State.

“…when you look at the Republican Party, 7 in 10 Nikki Haley voters said ‘I would not vote for Trump.’ There was a Des Moines Register poll. 43% said, no, I wouldn’t vote for Trump,” said McEnany. “If I’m Trump, I sit back and I exclusively focus on the general election. I take the posture of a presumptive nominee. I focus on number one, uniting the party and number two, winning the independents.”

Repeating much the same message throughout the night had prompted Trump to take to Truth Social to label his former spokesperson a Republican in name only (RINO) as he wrote, “I don’t need any advice from RINO Kayleigh McEnany on Fox. Just had a GIANT VICTORY over a badly failing candidate, ‘Birdbrain,’ and she’s telling me what I can do better. Save your advice for Nikki!”

Kevin Haggerty

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