White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed the children's show 'PAW Patrol' was canceled because of "cancel culture." They gently reminded her that she was full of it.
Towards the end of the press briefing on Friday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany lamented the advent of "cancel culture," which, she claimed, had cost kids PAW Patrol, a cartoon from the children's network Nickelodeon. However, the program took to their official Twitter handle to fact-check the one person who should not be peddling fake news. The show reassured, "No need to worry. PAW Patrol is not canceled." Whoever runs the cartoon series' Twitter handle probably never thought they would have to confront perhaps the world's most ignorant White House Press Secretary, but here we are, folks. Here we are.
"We saw a few weeks ago that Paw Patrol, a cartoon show about cops, was canceled," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters in the briefing room today, despite that a) not being true and b) not being super important! Given the current state of things!— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) July 24, 2020
McEnany claimed that United States President Donald Trump was "appalled by cancel culture, and cancel culture specifically as it pertains to cops." "We saw a few weeks ago that PAW Patrol, a cartoon show about cops, was canceled," she alleged. "The show Cops was canceled. Live PD was canceled. LEGO halted the sales of their LEGO City Police Station." If only the President were "appalled" by the lack of evidence his own Press Secretary had (though that would be a sort of self-call out, we suppose). She concluded, "It's really unfortunate because I stand with, and the President stands with, the 63 percent of Americans who think police officers are one of the most important jobs in this country."
I’m seriously ready for 2020 to be over.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 24, 2020
What is really unfortunate, actually, is what came next. PAW Patrol announced that their program had, in fact, not been canceled. Of course, no one missed the opportunity to use this moment to make lots and lots of jokes about McEnany and her incompetence. One Twitter user wrote, "Too late. Once the cast got word, the sh*t hit the fan. Zuma and Rocky got into a huge fight. Rubble went missing. Chase defunded himself. Marshall left the firehouse. And Everest and Skye found work in a strip club. It ain’t easy for an outta work cartoon dog. Nice job, McEnany." They also tagged the Press Secretary's official Twitter handle.
Others (rightly) used her Ivy League background against her. "She clearly lacks [the] ability to improvise answers and she has to stick to crafted talking points," another user commented. "Not a good look for a Harvard Law grad." One individual added, "Hey Harvard, [the Press Secretary] getting fact-checked by a cartoon is not peak Ivy League." Perhaps the saddest part of all this is that the whole country is now obsessed with the fact that our White House Press Secretary had to be corrected by a cartoon dog rather than the federal government's inability to handle a pandemic, or whether Trump was involved in Taliban bounties and election interference with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Face, meet palm, won't ya?