McEnany hits Democratic leaders for not following their own COVID-19 restrictions

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday admonished Democratic leaders who have sparked controversy after being seen in public despite health restrictions several of them implemented or supported in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"Behind me you will see images of Democrat hypocrisy playing on loop," McEnany told reporters during a press briefing.

The press secretary played images of California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia secretary of state confirms Newsom recall election Newsom overstated California's wildfire prevention efforts: report 70 percent of Californians over 12 have received one shot of coronavirus vaccine MORE (D) eating at an indoor restaurant last week, Chicago Mayor Lori LightfootLori LightfootChicago mayor defends her decision to grant interviews exclusively to people of color Daily Caller sues Chicago mayor for limiting interviews to people of color Tulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' MORE (D) celebrating President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE's victory last month in what McEnany called "maskless streets" and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Senators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Tim Cook called Pelosi to say tech antitrust bills were rushed MORE (D-Calif.) visiting a California hair salon earlier this summer while they were closed by local health officials. 


"Quite clearly, these Democrats do not follow their own edicts," she said. "They act in a way their own citizens are barred from acting." 

The White House has also come under criticism for hosting large indoor and outdoor gatherings during the pandemic, including a nomination ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court's Cedar Point property rights decision protects both sides Supreme Court strikes down FHFA director's firing protection Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 MORE and President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE's speech to supporters on election night. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFlorida hackers change highway sign to read 'Arrest Fauci' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP torpedoes election bill; infrastructure talks hit snag White House admits July 4 vaccine marker will be missed MORE, the nation's leading infectious disease doctor, characterized Barrett's nomination event as a "superspreader" one after a number of individuals who attended it subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. 


A number of White House officials have become infected with the coronavirus at some point in the last few months, including Trump and McEnany. 

Administration officials are also planning a packed lineup of holiday parties, despite guidance from the White House coronavirus task force for all Americans to avoid gathering in large groups and stay home during the holiday. 

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, told The Hill this week that the White House is providing the “safest environment possible" during the parties.

"The People’s House will celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah while providing the safest environment possible. This includes smaller guest lists, masks will be required and available, social distancing encouraged while on the White House grounds, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the State Floor," Grisham said in a statement.

"Guests will enjoy food individually plated by chefs at plexiglass-protected food stations. All passed beverages will be covered. All service staff will wear masks and gloves to comply with food safety guidelines," she added. "Attending the parties will be a very personal choice. It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic decor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations."