Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy had to be surprised to see that many of his media colleagues took a break from being Biden lackeys and joined in on grilling White House press secretary Jen Psaki over the Texas Democrats spreading COVID-19 during their ongoing stay in Washington, D.C.
At last count, at least six of the state lawmakers from Texas have tested positive for the virus, as well as a White House official and a staff member with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who met with them last week. The lawmakers were all vaccinated, as was the unnamed White House official. Vice President Kamala Harris made a sudden visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center on Sunday, after meeting with the delegation. Psaki reported later that Harris “was tested and there was no detection of COVID-19.”
“More than 10% of the traveling party with these Texas Democrats now claim to have a breakthrough case,” Doocy said, before asking Psaki, “Is there any concern that this trip that was intended to advocate for voting rights is now a superspreader event in Washington.”
“That is not a characterization we’re making here,” Psaki replied, adding that they “know there will be breakthrough cases” as she launched into a sell of vaccines.
“Even vaccines that are incredibly effective are not foolproof, are not 100% effective,” the president’s spokesperson said. “Here’s the good news, though, we know that these vaccines that these individuals, I think, if I’m correct, have been vaccinated. It means it protects from death, it protects from serious illness, it protects, for the most part, from hospitalization. So, that is a good sign.”
Doocy followed up by asking what was the message to the Texas Democrats now that the virus has reached the White House after contact with them.
“Our message continues to be thanks for standing up for voting rights, and the rights of Americans to have their voices heard at the voting booth, and we appreciate their efforts in that regard,” Psaki said, with a straight face.
Oh, but if the Texans were Republicans…
After being pressed by Doocy, Psaki said the president is not currently considering a second request of the nation to wear masks.
The remarkable thing was that Doocy wasn’t the only reporter asking about the Texas delegation and the spread of the virus.
As noted by the Media Research Center, Associated Press reporter Aamer Madhani was the first to ask about a White House official testing positive. NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell also addressed the issue. Other reporters include ABC’s Rachel Scott, Reuters’s Nandita Bose, and NPR’s Tamara Keith.
But the most telling exchange may have been with CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe, which resulted in Psaki arrogantly admitting that the Biden White House had covered up previous coronavirus cases within their ranks.
O’Keefe: “You confirmed today there’s been a breakthrough case.”
O’Keefe: “But you’re also confirming there have been other breakthrough cases?”
O’Keefe: “But you had not previously disclosed that there had been?”
Psaki: “And — that’s correct.”
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“You confirmed today there’s been a breakthrough case,” the reporter said.
“Yep,” Psaki replied.
“But you’re also confirming there have been other breakthrough cases,” O’Keefe followed up.
“Yep,” the press secretary answered, with O’Keefe noting those cases had not been previously disclosed.
“And that’s correct,” Psaki said, before explaining that the administration had said previously “if it was a commissioned officer, who are the highest level ranking people in the White House and in this building here, that we would make that information publicly available. We stand by that commitment.”
Which means peons don’t meet that qualification. Even if they have direct contact with President Biden himself.
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