Psaki’s selective use of the word ‘crisis’ is telling

What’s in a name? Sometimes quite a bit, as the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stubbornly refuses to call the situation at the southern border a “crisis.”

Of course, Psaki doesn’t have any trouble at all addressing the “climate crisis,” which seems to be of far greater importance to President Joe Biden. The discrepancy was noticed by Eddie Scarry, columnist at The Federalist, who went on ‘Fox & Friends’ to blast Psaki and the Biden administration in general as hypocrites.

Scarry noted that to the Biden administration, the border situation is simply a public relations situation that has to be managed:

“They don’t see it as a crisis. It is a problem to any extent, one that they manage but why did they refer to the climate crisis because they right now have a sense of urgency. When you use the word ‘crisis’ you have a sense of urgency.”

Why the hesitancy? Scarry felt that it was because the Biden administration wanted to reserve “crisis” and its entailing sense of urgency, for the massive spending bills Democrats are currently trying to push through Congress, which are on very wobbly tracks to say the least. Hesitant Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), absolutely essential votes to pass the $4.5 trillion in estimated spending increases (though as Manchin noted, the real number, when factoring in existing bills that have yet to be paid for, is closer to $5.4 trillion).

Both bills have been called by a number of names, mostly “infrastructure,” though as Scarry noted, they also tie into the overall Democratic narrative about climate change, and therefore earn the “crisis” descriptor:

They have a massive welfare bill they are trying to pass sometimes referred to as infrastructure, sometimes human infrastructure, never the border is a crisis because that is not a crisis to them. It is something that has to be managed right now. You have one on the one hand, you have something that’s… voters right now who expect this to be done, and we want it to be done, the welfare bill, and then you have the border, which is, well we can always just pretend to deal with that, we can, send out a press release that’s ‘Kamala Harris is dealing with it,’ we can send out a press release that we’re still sending some people back, we’re sending 50 people back to Haiti as a million people stream across the border, we got 50 taken care of. So on the one hand you have a crisis, they see that as a sense of urgency, our welfare bill, but on the other hand that is something we will manage later.”

Hopes for even the most minimal mutual recognition of the issue, let alone action, seem to be at rock bottom, demonstrated as co-host Ainsley Earhardt rhetorically asked, “can’t we all just get on the same page?” to the amusement of co-host Brian Kilmeade and guest Scarry, before immediately answering herself: “wishful thinking.”


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