That ditzy White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is making the news yet again. Known as Biden’s gatekeeper, she is tasked with promoting his agenda to the press corps. However, this time she ended up being engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a couple of Mondays ago regarding accusations that the Republicans had defunded police.
Go back and read that again. Yes, Jen Psaki is actually accusing the Republicans of doing the exact same thing that Democrats are really doing! Apparently, Biden’s gatekeeper might come off as an idiot, but she is a lot smarter than she might seem. This is the epitome of gaslighting, and the sad fact of the matter is, it is working for the Democrats. The White House is now coalescing around the propaganda that it is the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are the ones voting to defund the police. Sadly, the liberal sheeple are buying it, and they are starting to believe that it is the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are responsible for the nationwide spike in violent crime.
This comes despite the fact that Republicans have never once voted to defund the police. That is, if you go by the standard definition of “defund.” According to Cedric Richmond, senior adviser to President Joe Biden, they were accusing Republicans of defunding police in an interview on Sunday because they decided not to vote for Biden’s America Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus plan that had been passed this spring.
“It’s time for us to fully discuss just who it was who defunded the police,” Richmond said. “When we were in Congress last year trying to pass that emergency relief plan for the cities that were strapped for cash and trying to lay off police and first responders, it was the Republicans who were objecting to it. And in fact, they didn’t get the funding until the American Rescue Plan, which was our plan to create a fund to replenish state and local governments and help them to do all of the things that are needed in society today. So, let’s take a look here. Republicans are very good at staying on the talking points of who they think is defunding the police, but the truth is, they are the ones who defunded the police. We are the ones who funded crime , and a whole bunch of other things.”
Apparently, this Richmond guy is a master at spin, because no, that isn’t the case. The real reason that the GOP opposed the spending bill is because it was loaded with pork-barrel nonsense that was totally unrelated to the COVID pandemic.
Just What Occurred Between Psaki and Doocy?
During Monday’s White House press meeting, Doocy confronted Psaki over the White House’s newly-revised position, and this woman had the gall to defend it.
“How is it that an argument can be made that the President never mentioned needing money for the police to stop crime waves when he was selling us the American Rescue Plan?” Doocy asked.
Doocy responded by claiming that the funding from the America Rescue Plan had been “used to keep cops on the beat.” However, Doocy didn’t back down, and he shot back with a counterargument that it was very convenient for cities facing a skyrocketing crime wave amid a nationwide police officer shortage to now say that this bill was about nothing more than just funding the police.
“At the time, [the bill] was sold as: These local police departments might have a pandemic-related budget shortfall — not, ‘We need to keep cops on the beat because there’s a crime wave,'” Doocy told Psaki.
Psaki shot back and from her reply it appeared evident that she was trying to rewrite history: “I think that any local department would argue that keeping cops on the beat to keep communities safe when they had to because of budget shortfalls — police, fire — is something that helps them address crime in their local communities.”
“Those are just the local communities,” Doocy pointed out. “The White House’s argument was that The American Rescue Plan was going to be the $1,400 check. It was going to be both the vaccine and the vaccinator, and it was going to get our country on the path to beating this virus,” Doocy pointed out yet again.
Of course, once Psaki is backed into a corner, she simply ignores what someone says. That is what she did in this case. Biden’s gatekeeper simply praised the American Rescue Plan and moved on.
What do you think about this exchange?