FACT CHECK: Did Kayleigh McEnany Tweet, ‘Retweet If We Should Release the Kraken’?
An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows a tweet from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany that says, “RETWEET if we should RELEASE THE KRAKEN.”
There is no record of McEnany tweeting the message. The tweet came from a parody account that has since been suspended.
The image seemingly shows a screen grab of a tweet McEnany allegedly sent at 3:58 a.m. on Nov. 17. The supposed tweet reads, “WE WON HUGE, 73,000,000+ LEGAL VOTES. #Winning RETWEET if we should RELEASE THE KRAKEN.” (RELATED: Did Kayleigh McEnany Give Lesley Stahl A Blank Book Of The Trump Administration’s Health Care Achievements?)
There is, however, no evidence McEnany ever sent the tweet. Check Your Fact searched both of McEnany’s verified Twitter accounts – @PressSec and @kayleighmcenany – but didn’t find any matches for the pictured message. ProPublica’s archive of the press secretary’s deleted tweets likewise yielded no results. A closer examination of the tweet reveals it comes from the wrong handle, @PressSecKay.
The unverified Twitter account @PressSecKay described itself as an “unofficial parody account” in its Twitter biography, an archived version of its timeline shows. The parody account, which has since been suspended, used the same picture that McEnany uses on her press secretary account as well as a similar handle, likely causing confusion among social media users.
The phrase “Release the Kraken” appears to reference former federal prosecutor and current Michael Flynn attorney Sidney Powell using the term during a Nov. 14 interview on “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” Powell, one of the attorneys on President Donald Trump’s legal team contesting the 2020 presidential election results, used the phrase in reference to the supposed future release of evidence which she alleged would prove the unfounded theory that widespread voting fraud occurred, according to Newsweek.
The Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council issued a joint statement last week that said “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Election officials in dozens of states also told The New York Times that there is no evidence “fraud or other irregularities” affected the outcome of the presidential election.