White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre rudely blew off CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond who insistently wanted to know what “concrete actions” President Biden intends to take to combat the MAGA “threat to democracy.”
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During the White House press briefing on Friday, Jean-Pierre was pummeled with questions regarding Biden’s bizarre and alarming speech, “The Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation,” given in front of a blood-red backdrop with Marines flanking him from behind. The speech purportedly attacked supporters of former President Trump, calling them a threat to the nation. He railed that Americans must stand against “MAGA forces.”
Diamond asked the press secretary exactly what the president intended to do in regards to the perceived “threat.” He tried four times to get an answer with no luck.
“Hey, Karine, the president last night argued very forcefully that democracy is under assault. But what kind of concrete actions does he actually plan to take, given that he described this essentially as a fairly existential threat to the American republic?” the CNN correspondent asked.
“So, as — as you also heard from the president yesterday, he believes we’re at an inflection point. And so — so that’s an important thing, why he wanted to make sure he gave that speech. But you also heard the president express optimism — right? — about the future of America, which was something that was important for him to deliver to the American people, that he believes there’s nothing — there’s isn’t nothing we can — we can’t do. Right?” she responded in word salad fashion, not answering the question at all.
Karine Jean-Pierre is pure hot garbage lying to her people for a cushy job and a paycheck 😡
— Lavern Spicer 🇺🇸 (@lavern_spicer) September 3, 2022
“He believes that we can do everything — anything, as — as a country. And then, we have seen throughout our history, America has made its greatest progress out of the darkest times. We see that for — before,” Jean-Pierre continued. “One way, of course we can do that is by making our voices heard. And he said that. He said that the American people have a choice.”
“And — but it wasn’t just a policy speech. Obviously, the president believes that we can make great progress out of the darkest moments. And he calls on all Americans, regardless of which aisle — side of the aisle you sit on, regardless which ideology that you may follow, regardless of the political persuasion, to unite around democracy,” she added.
She continued to drool over Biden’s speech but didn’t answer the reporter’s question nor did she intend to.
“And he thought it was an important message — again, an inflection point. And that was the message that he delivered, again, giving people a choice and saying to folks, ‘We need to come together and make sure our voices are heard,'” the press secretary responded with a non-answer.
“So, other than urging Americans to vote and make their voices heard, the president has no plan to confront this threat that he described very forcefully last night?” Diamond pressed.
“I mean, it’s not the first time he’s confronted — confronted or spoke about this threat. This is — he’s done it multiple times at multiple stages during the last three years — during his campaign a couple of times as well, during his administration. And he’ll continue to lift that up when he feels it’s needed,” she replied.
How is it that the media and Biden administration think it’s acceptable for Karine Jean Pierre to continue to fumble her way through answering questions until she finds the right script to read from? It’s remarkable.
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 1, 2022
“But what the president did last night was incredibly powerful. It was clear. It was concise. It was steadfast, which is — and he did it prime time, as you all know, to the American people, speaking directly to them, that this is a time for us to come together,” Jean-Pierre spewed.
“Right. But what I’m asking is if there’s any action behind his words,” Diamond once again asked.
“Well, the action is making your voices heard. That is a powerful action. We have seen it across time, we have seen it throughout our American history that making your voices heard actually can change — actually can change the direction of a country,” she deflected. “So, I would say that is the most powerful tool that we have as a country right now.”
Later, Diamond would circle back to the question to give it one more go. It didn’t work.
“I’m going to — I’m going to move around. You’ve asked three questions,” she disingenuously said to the reporter.
Karine Jean-Pierre you’re a bold faced liar just like Biden and the rest of the Biden administration and those who support it. 😑
— Ralph Grinnell, FNP-BC (@RGrinnellFNP) September 3, 2022
“Just to follow up…” he continued.
“No. You’ve asked — you’ve asked three questions,” Jean-Pierre irritatedly told Diamond.
“Well, you didn’t answer the first question until…” he started.
“I did,” she testily interrupted him.
“…three follow-ups. So…” he carried on.
“No. No, no, no, I answered the first question. You just — you know, I had to just dive in a little bit more, but I certainly answered it because I said, ‘Making your voices heard is a powerful tool.’ I answered it the first time you asked,” she said blowing off the question entirely. “I’m going to go around.”
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