NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander audibly reacted to his own recitation of a quote from President Joe Biden decrying Republicans during the recently concluded SCOTUS hearings as “vile” and “baseless” that lead the journalist to say, “Whoo.”
Following questions on the testing regimen for Biden after recent signing events left several attendees in close contact with the president positive for COVID, Alexander noted the event to honor Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for her confirmation to the Supreme Court was held outside.
Alexander took this opportunity to pivot and ask White House press secretary Jen Psaki about the assault on the character of Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that Biden had made during his speech on the South Lawn.
“Okay. Let me – if I can,” Alexander began, “during his remarks today, the president said something that was a bit striking. He was condemning some of the conservative Republicans and their criticisms of Judge Jackson when she was testifying recently.”
“He said, ‘There was verbal abuse. The anger. The constant interruptions. The most vile, baseless, vile assertions and accusations.'” the journalist rattled off quickly before exasperating ,”Whoo.”
“Is that a preview of messaging that we’re going to hear from the president heading into the midterms? Was that – was that – is that a message that the White House wants to deliver and will be repeating?” he ultimately asked Psaki.
“I don’t believe that the conduct of senators at a hearing is going to be central to the president’s remarks when he’s out in – out traveling the country,” Psaki hedged appearing hesitant to acknowledge Biden would be campaigning after prior issues with ethics violations regarding the Hatch Act.
“But I think what he was speaking to, on a historic day, is that while Judge Jackson was the picture – now Justice Jackson – was the picture of dignity in her hearings, some others in the room decided to be the opposite. And he is somebody who has more experience overseeing Supreme Court hearings than anyone living. He has overseen them during Republican and Democratic presidents and expects a certain level of conduct, professionalism, and decorum. And that is not what we saw.”
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Of course, where Republican senators like Ted Cruz (TX) and Lindsey Graham (SC) had appropriately questioned the influences that Marxist Critical Race Theory had on Jackson’s judicial philosophy and sought out a reasonable explanation for her lenient sentencing for those involved in child sex abuse cases, then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) had undergone what was considered a “high tech lynching” of Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearing in 1991.
“So,” Alexander continued, “that was more of a one-off for today, as opposed to, like, a central theme that we’ll see in terms of contrast?”
“I would say that I think the American people can expect that he’ll continue to talk when he’s out in the country – for whatever reason – about how to bring down their costs, how to make sure that he is fighting for them, and bringing them relief, and how he’s going to get the COVID pandemic under control – less about the conduct of senators at a hearing,” Psaki concluded on that issue.
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