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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki got her hackles up when a reporter asked her whether President Biden’s voting rights speech was “the most effective use of the President’s time” while pointing out that Democrats won’t want to be seen with him on the campaign trail.
Psaki was briefing reporters on Air Force One Tuesday on the way to Georgia for Biden’s voting rights speech when the questions took her by surprise concerning the President’s role in the midterm elections.
“But, Jen, is it the most effective use of the President’s time that — he essentially needs the vote of two senators to get this passed. So, is a speech like this the most effective use of his time?” an unidentified reporter asked according to Mediaite. “And were Senators Manchin and Sinema invited on this trip?”
“I don’t have any more details. Obviously, the delegation with us today is from Georgia, primarily. So, that’s — and that’s pretty standard for travel,” she replied.
“In terms of whether it’s a good use of his time: Yes, the President, we, civil rights leaders, the delegation traveling with us today feel that it is a good use of the President of the United States’ time to use the bully pulpit to make the case for why voting rights, the protection of them, fighting against efforts by Republicans in 19 states and more to perpetuate the Big Lie and make it more difficult to exercise your fundamental right is something people shouldn’t stand for,” Psaki asserted.
“Jen, as the midterms approach, there will be some Democrats, plausibly, who will want to stay away from the President for political reasons. What’s his — what’s his response to that sort of action?” the reporter asked a stunned Psaki.
“Do you have any examples?” Psaki asked wanting specifics but getting none.
(Audio Credit: The White House)
As noise roiled around the reporter, he replied, “No.” He did remark that “there certainly will be some Democrats on the campaign trail that if — if the — if the President’s poll numbers are where are they at, et cetera, that will not want to be seen on the campaign trail with him.”
“What is the President’s feeling about that? And how would he approach that situation?” he quizzed her.
Psaki rejected the premise out of hand, “I think we’re talking about a hypothetical that doesn’t yet exist. I mean, I would say that the vast majority of members who may face challenging races are people who have advocated for the President’s agenda, whether it’s the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill or his commitment to lowering costs for Americans across the country. So, I’m not going to speculate on politics, but also, I haven’t seen evidence of that at this point in time.”
Let’s do this Georgia pic.twitter.com/WNOdsQoTqr
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 11, 2022
When Psaki was grilled on whether Biden’s future actions would reflect the forcefulness and “energy” of his Georgia speech, Psaki remarked that “the President is going to continue to make a forceful case for the choice the American people are facing across the country: whether you’re going to stand on the right side of history or not, also whether you’re going to stand for protecting more people and saving more lives when it comes to COVID.”
“Are you going to stand on the side of lowering the cost of childcare for people or not? Ultimately, this is a choice for people across the country,” she added.
The journalist’s question seems to be an indication of Biden’s plummeting approval numbers. Democrats such as Georgia’s Stacey Abrams who is running for governor are distancing themselves from Biden and the fallout from his unpopularity.
Civiqs has Biden’s approval at -28 in a Georgia if that tells you anything at all. https://t.co/6r5pGPZtiu pic.twitter.com/dDWRMdZVGC
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) January 11, 2022
“The President will forcefully advocate for protecting the most bedrock American right, the right to vote and have your voice counted in a free and fair and secure election that is not tainted by partisan manipulation,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki remarked during a briefing on Monday, promoting Biden’s push for federalizing elections to ostensibly keep Democrats in power permanently.
Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was notably absent from the speech along with the Asian American Advocacy Fund, Black Voters Matter, GALEO Impact Fund Inc., and New Georgia Project Action Fund, all of which reportedly claim they believe that Biden hasn’t done enough concerning voters’ rights according to the New York Times.
‘He’s toxic!’ Stacey Abrams’ notable no-show for Biden’s voting rights speech raises a lot of eyebrows https://t.co/UsVG7OuAI7
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 11, 2022
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