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Trump ‘uses you until there is no use for you anymore’: Kayleigh McEnany predecessor Stephanie Grisham

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Former President Donald Trump lashing out at his ex-press secretary Kayleigh McEnany came as no surprise to her predecessor Stephanie Grisham.

Grisham, who served as White House press secretary in 2019, told CNN’s Jim Acosta that Trump’s Truth Social rant dubbing her successor “Kayleigh ‘Milktoast’ [sic] McEnany” was par for the course.

“This is what he does,” Grisham said Saturday. “He uses you until there is no use for you anymore, or until you dare to say something that could possibly be construed against him.”

Trump, 76, turned on McEnany, 35, last week after she said on Fox News that the ex-president was polling 25 points ahead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Iowa, which he claimed was an undersell.

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“Kayleigh ‘Milktoast’ [sic] McEnany just gave out the wrong poll numbers on FoxNews [sic],” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform on May 30, misspelling “milquetoast.”

“I am 34 points up on DeSanctimonious, not 25 up. While 25 is great, it’s not 34,” he added. “She knew the number was corrected upwards by the group that did the poll. The RINOS & Globalists can have her. FoxNews [sic] should only use REAL Stars!!!”


Former White House press secretary came to the defense of her successor Kayleigh McEnany after former President Donald Trump attacked her in a social media post.
Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham came to the defense of her successor Kayleigh McEnany after former President Donald Trump attacked her in a social media post.
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Grisham, 46, noted that McEnany was a loyal press secretary to Trump from April 2020 until he left office, saying that McEnany “fought hard for him, especially in the days after Jan. 6.”

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“It didn’t surprise me,” Grisham added of Trump’s outburst. “You know this is going to happen to you eventually. When he has no use for you, you’re going to be gone.”

Grisham expressed similar sentiment after Trump first made the explosive comments, taking to Twitter to write: “He. WILL. Turn. On You. There is only loyalty to HIM – not the country, the constitution, his constituents, or anything/anyone else.”

Critics across Twitter were quick to come to McEnany’s defense as well, many echoing Grisham’s comments that McEnany was always loyal to Trump as his press secretary.

“Attacking Kayleigh McEnany is insane. She was one of the best press secretaries ever,” “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade said Wednesday morning.

Kilmeade pointed out that McEnany — who now serves as co-host of the network’s “Outnumbered” show — was “an analyst now. She doesn’t work for any campaign.”


Trump called McEnany "Milktoast" and said Fox News should only hire "real stars."
Trump called McEnany “Milktoast” and said Fox News should only hire “real stars.”
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Grisham said on CNN that Trump "uses you until there is no use for you anymore."
Grisham said on CNN that Trump “uses you until there is no use for you anymore.”
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume also chimed in backing McEnany.

“Imagine being so immature as to attack your former press secretary, who was nothing if not loyal, for allegedly misquoting a poll number,” Hume tweeted.

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“This nonsense from Trump is a disgrace,” tweeted Trump’s former deputy director of communications Matt Wolking, who now works with a political committee that raises funds for DeSantis.

“[McEnany] slayed the fake news hoaxers and the liberal media activists day in and day out for years. She took countless arrows defending him and she was great at it.”

Jenna Ellis, a former Trump legal adviser, also weighed in on McEnany’s behalf.

“I will simply leave this here for when people ask why I and *many* others didn’t return for 2024,” she tweeted.

In April, Trump re-shared a McEnany post that praised one of his interviews, however, he later took a dig at her encouragement of DeSantis to throw his hat in the ring for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.


Trump's post claimed that McEnany gave out incorrect poll numbers for the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
Trump’s post claimed that McEnany gave out incorrect poll numbers for the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
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“I guess Kayleigh is no longer speaking so favorably about DeSanctimonious now that his Polls are shot!,” Trump wrote on Truth Social at the time.

It was unclear which specific poll was being discussed Tuesday, though his average lead nationally was at 33 points Wednesday, according to aggregator FiveThirtyEight.

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