Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany went off on Fox News’ ‘Outnumbered’ stating that the 2020 letter from ex-intelligence officials regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop confirms the existence of the “deep state.”
“If you’re a Democrat, guess who your campaign surrogates are? They’re not like people you pedal in the media, they’re not influencers, although you get those too if you’re a TikTok star in [the] Biden administration. Your campaign surrogates are intelligence officials…That’s what we learned, that [Antony] Blinken, the guy that goes on to become secretary of state, is organizing a letter of former intel officials,” she said.
“So if you have a D behind your name, Democrat, you get this high-profile, highly-connected group of people in Washington, former officials, current officials who will band together, write a letter on your behalf, you got guys like Brennan, Panetta, Clapper, the media will fully buy into the letter and social media will ban anyone that says otherwise or questions it,” she added.
The October 2020 letter in question, signed by dozens of “former intelligence officials”, declared that the New York Post’s report on emails from Hunter Biden’s alleged abandoned laptop bore “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.” Twitter went on to lock multiple accounts, including that of the New York Post and McEnany’s personal account, for sharing the report. The platform cited its “hacked materials” policy as justification for the action.
In December, Elon Musk released documents to journalist Michael Shellenberger that showed the FBI had contacted Twitter about the potential for leaks involving Hunter Biden before the New York Post’s report was published. McEnany contrasted this support with the treatment Republicans have received, pointing out that they were subjected to a fake dossier and FISA surveillance authorization. Additionally, safeguards were circumvented, and their campaigns were spied on, while the media swallowed the narrative “hook, line, and sinker.”
McEnany ended by imploring those who were skeptical of the deep state’s existence to “believe it now” in light of this story. She emphasized that the deep state is not just a term used in obscure corners of the internet, but a very real phenomenon.