McEnany Falsely Claims Trump First President To Honor World AIDS Day With Red Ribbon




White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany falsely claimed on Wednesday that Donald Trump was the first president to adorn the White House with a red ribbon commemorating World AIDS Day.

At a press conference yesterday, McEnany was asked by the Washington Blade about why Trump – once again – failed to mention LGBTQ people and the disproportionate impact HIV has had on them in his World AIDS Day proclamation earlier this week.

“The president honored World AIDS Day yesterday in a way that no president has before with the red ribbon there, and I think he commemorated the day as he should,” McEnany lied, dodging the reporter’s question.



She quickly called on another journalist to prevent any follow-ups.

As pointed out by ABC News’ Karen Travers on Twitter, Trump was not the first president to use the red ribbon to commemorate World AIDS Day.

Both former President Obama and former President George W. Bush hung red ribbons on the White House during their administrations to mark World AIDS Day.

Obama hung a large red ribbon in 2012, as noted by The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. Politico noted that former President George W. Bush was the first to hang a large red ribbon in front of the White House in 2007.

According to the Blade: “Trump has never referenced LGBTQ people in any of his World AIDS Day statements. Although Trump’s recognition of ‘racial and ethnic minorities’ this year is a step up from previous statements, which failed to recognize HIV/AIDS as a social justice issue in any capacity and not just a disease, Trump has declined to offer that recognition to LGBTQ people.”

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, blasted the omission of LGBTQ people from Trump’s World AIDS Day statement, calling it “tone-deaf and offensive.”

“Since taking office, the administration has prioritized undermining the rights and well-being of the LGBTQ community, including those living with HIV and AIDS,” David added. “LGBTQ people in the United States and around the world continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, especially Black and Latinx members of the community.”