Kayleigh McEnany

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Kayleigh McEnany
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Born 1988 (age 29–30)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Education Georgetown University (BS)
University of Miami
Harvard University (JD)
Political party Republican

Kayleigh McEnany (born 1988)[1] is an American political commentator and writer.[2] She is a former CNN contributor.[3][4][5] In 2017, she was appointed national Spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.[6][7]


McEnany was educated at the Academy of the Holy Names,[8] a private Catholic college preparatory school for girls (co-educational up to eighth grade), in the city of Tampa in western Florida, followed by Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) in International Politics, in Washington, D.C.[9] She also spent a year studying at St Edmund Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford,[10] 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.[10]


After graduating from Georgetown University, McEnany was a producer on former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee's eponymous TV show.[11][1] 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.[11] On CNN, she was frequently called on to defend President Donald Trump, whom she supported during the 2016 presidential election, formally announcing her endorsement of his then-candidacy on February 1, 2016.[2][12][13][14]

In February 2017, McEnany had a heated exchange with New York Times columnist Charles Blow on CNN's show CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.[15][16][17]

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. McEnany had meant to refer to James Foley, a journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in 2014.[18]

On August 5, 2017, McEnany tweeted she had left CNN after asking to leave the network for another opportunity.[19] The next day, she appeared as the host of Real News Update, a pro-Trump news show on Donald Trump's Facebook page.[20] On August 7, 2017, the Republican National Committee announced that McEnany would be appointed as its national spokesperson, with responsibilities including serving as spokesperson for television and radio.[6][7]

McEnany's book, The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement, was released in early January 2018.[21]

Personal life[edit]

McEnany carries a mutated BRCA2 gene.[22] In 2016, conservative radio host Dana Loesch caused a small controversy by mocking McEnany's "flat-chested" and "bleach blonde" appearance, not knowing about her BRCA2 mutation that factored into her decision to undergo a double mastectomy .[23]

McEnany is married to professional baseball pitcher Sean Gilmartin.[24] [25]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b 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. 
  3. ^ Wemple, Erik (July 5, 2016). "CNN Management is Determined to Torture its Anchors". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ Horsey, David (June 9, 2016). "Trump Bigotry Has Shameless Defenders, From GOP Pols to CNN Shills". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "About Me". KayleighMcEnany.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Scarry, Eddie (August 7, 2017). "Kayleigh McEnany joins Republican National Committee as spokesperson". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany Named RNC Spokesperson". gop.com. Republican National Committee. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Scott Purks (September 14, 2005). "Three cheers for tradition". SPTimes.com. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ "SFS Alumna Follows Path from Georgetown to Political Media, Overviews Republican National Convention". georgetown.edu. August 5, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Kayleigh McEnany". abovethelaw.com. Above the Law (website). Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator". law.miami.edu. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ Mazza, Ed (September 28, 2016). "CNN Trump Surrogate Kayleigh McEnany Compares Miss Universe To Terror Suspect". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ McEnany, Kayleigh (February 1, 2016). "I'm officially endorsing @realDonaldTrump for President". Twitter. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Transcripts: CNN Tonight". cnn.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ "'Don't touch me': Panelist blows up on Trump supporter's microaggression on CNN". dailykos.com. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ "NYT Columnist Charles Blow Is Not Your Negro and He's Not Here for Trump Shade, Ever". theroot.com. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  18. ^ Maslow, Nick. "CNN contributor apologizes for Daniel Pearl mistake". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  19. ^ Tornoe, Ron (August 5, 2017). "Conservative pundit Kayleigh McEnany out at CNN". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 5, 2017. 
  20. ^ Sheth, Sonam (2017-08-07). "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 2017-08-07. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/home-and-family/videos/kayleigh-mcenany.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (May 11, 2016). "Dana Loesch defends slam of 'flat-chested' Trump fan Kayleigh McEnany, who had double mastectomy". The Washington Times. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Sean Gilmartin and Kayleigh McEnany's Wedding Website". www.theknot.com. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  25. ^ "Former Mets pitcher Sean Gilmartin marries RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany". www.dailynews.com. Retrieved 2018-01-08. 

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