Kayleigh McEnany, the former White House press secretary for Donald Trump, is speaking out to warn Republicans not to celebrate the Hollywood star Johnny Depp after he won his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Many conservatives celebrated on Wednesday after Depp won all three of his defamation claims against Heard, with a jury finding that she had falsely accused him of domestic abuse. Depp was then awarded $15million, $10million in compensation and $5million in punitive damages.
Afterwards, the official Twitter account of the GOP House Judiciary Committee posted a GIF of Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to celebrate his win. McEnany, however, was quick to point out that Depp is no friend of the Republican Party, adding that neither he nor Heard ended up looking good in this case.
“These are two people that were in a toxic relationship and are both very flawed. They both have problems, that was evident in both of their testimony,” McEnany said, according to Daily Mail.
“And look, I know that there was a verdict of that was 15 million against Amber Heard, $2 million against one of Johnny Depp’s agents,” she continued. “But let’s be clear. There are no winners here. Not a single person in this case is a winner. We heard about their personal life, intimate details.”
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McEnany went on to remind conservatives that Depp had called for Trump to be assassinated back in 2017.
“And I think that those who are celebrating Johnny Depp are a bit misguided, in my view,” she stated. “I remember Johnny Depp as being the actor who said, and I’ll read it directly, ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’ that’s when President Trump was president. I see some Republicans celebrating him, I don’t think that this is your guy.”
McEnany was referring to the fact that Depp blatantly called for Trump to be assassinated during a 2017 appearance at the music festival Glastonbury in the United Kingdom. Earlier that same year, Depp said that Trump was so unpopular and disliked that he threatened to stamp out the presidency.
McEnany concluded by saying that if Republicans want to support someone who was falsely accused of abuse, they should stand behind Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who faced allegations of sexual assault during his confirmation hearings.
“If you’re looking for someone and I totally absolutely believe in due process and people should be heard, look at Brett Kavanaugh, not Johnny Depp,” she said. “That’s just my view, but the jury has decided and we respect the opinion of the jury.”