Kayleigh McEnany

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Kayleigh McEnany
Kayleigh McEnany (39645264535) (cropped).jpg
McEnany at CPAC 2018
Born (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 31)
Education Georgetown University (BS)
University of Miami
Harvard University (JD)
Political party Republican
Sean Gilmartin (m. 2017)

Kayleigh McEnany (born April 18, 1988)[1][2] is an American political commentator and writer.[3] She is a former CNN contributor.[4][5][6] In 2017, she was appointed national Spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.[7][8] In February 2019, she was announced as National Press Secretary for the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign.[9]


McEnany was educated at the Academy of the Holy Names,[10] a private Catholic college preparatory school Tampa, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.[11] She also spent a year studying at St Edmund Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford,[12] in England. McEnany studied at the University of Miami School of Law and then transferred to Harvard Law School, where she received a JD in May 2017.[12]


After graduating from Georgetown University, McEnany was a producer on former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee's eponymous TV show.[13][2] She interned for several politicians, including Tom Gallagher, Adam Putnam, and George W. Bush for Bush's 2004 campaign; and in the White House Office of Communications in the Media Affairs department.[13] On CNN, she was frequently called on to defend President Donald Trump, whom she supported during the 2016 presidential election.[3][14][3][15]

In March 2017, McEnany apologized after claiming Barack Obama was president when Daniel Pearl, an American journalist, was beheaded by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, and said she meant to refer to James Foley, a journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in 2014.[16]

On August 5, 2017, McEnany tweeted she had left CNN after asking to leave the network for another opportunity.[17] The next day, she appeared as the host of Real News Update, a pro-Trump news show on Donald Trump's Facebook page.[18] On August 7, 2017, the Republican National Committee announced that McEnany would be appointed as its national spokesperson.[7][8]

McEnany's book, The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement, was released in early January 2018.[19]

Personal life

McEnany is married to professional baseball pitcher Sean Gilmartin.[20]


  1. ^ "Thank you to my incredible @GOP colleagues!!". Twitter. April 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sheth, Sonam (August 7, 2017). "Meet Kayleigh McEnany, the 29-year-old who left CNN to make controversial, pro-Trump videos as an RNC spokeswoman". Business Insider. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Kirell, Andrew (February 22, 2016). "Meet the Trumpkins: The Donald's Army of Media-Hungry Cable News Boosters". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Wemple, Erik (July 5, 2016). "CNN Management is Determined to Torture its Anchors". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Horsey, David (June 9, 2016). "Trump Bigotry Has Shameless Defenders, From GOP Pols to CNN Shills". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "About Me". KayleighMcEnany.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Scarry, Eddie (August 7, 2017). "Kayleigh McEnany joins Republican National Committee as spokesperson". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany Named RNC Spokesperson". gop.com. Republican National Committee. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Trump 2020 campaign announces communication team". Washington Post. February 19, 2019.
  10. ^ Scott Purks (September 14, 2005). "Three cheers for tradition". SPTimes.com. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "SFS Alumna Follows Path from Georgetown to Political Media, Overviews Republican National Convention". georgetown.edu. August 5, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany". abovethelaw.com. Above the Law. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  13. ^ a b "From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator". law.miami.edu. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  14. ^ Mazza, Ed (September 28, 2016). "CNN Trump Surrogate Kayleigh McEnany Compares Miss Universe To Terror Suspect". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  15. ^ McEnany, Kayleigh (February 1, 2016). "I'm officially endorsing @realDonaldTrump for President". Twitter. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  16. ^ Maslow, Nick. "CNN contributor apologizes for Daniel Pearl mistake". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  17. ^ Tornoe, Ron (August 5, 2017). "Conservative pundit Kayleigh McEnany out at CNN". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  18. ^ Sheth, Sonam (August 7, 2017). "One of Trump's most vocal supporters left CNN to make a pro-Trump news video that's been compared to state TV". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  19. ^ Kayleigh McEnany (January 8, 2018). "Michael Wolff wasn't with Trump on election night. Those who were prove his book wrong". Fox News. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "Former Mets pitcher Sean Gilmartin marries RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany". www.dailynews.com. Retrieved January 8, 2018.

External links

  • Official website
Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kayleigh_McEnany&oldid=897899516"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayleigh_McEnany
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Kayleigh McEnany"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA