White Press Secretary Jen Psaki was caught off guard.
Psaki is used to softball questions from the administration’s fans in the press corps.
But Jen Psaki threw a temper tantrum over this question about Joe Biden’s racist past.
In a speech to the country after the Derek Chauvin verdict, Biden blasted America as a systemically racist country with a justice system that oppressed black Americans and unjustly jailed them.
The following day in the White House press briefing, New York Post reporter Steve Nelson asked Psaki if Biden would acknowledge his role in systemic racism by virtue of his support for the 1994 crime bill, which Black Lives Matter now claims led to mass incarceration of black Americans.
“To what extent does President Biden acknowledge his own role in systemic racism, and how does that inform his current policy positions?” Nelson asked Psaki.
Psaki dodged the question and refused to recognize its premise.
“Well, I would say that the President is – one of the President’s core objectives is addressing racial injustice in this country not just through his rhetoric, but through his actions.”
Psaki then went on to claim that what really mattered was that Biden supported the anti-police legislation in the Senate that would cripple law enforcement’s ability to do its job.
“And what anyone should look to is his advocacy for passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, for nominating leaders to the Department of Justice to address long-outdated policies, and to ask his team – leadership team here in the White House to prioritize these issues in his presidency, which is current and today and not from 30 years ago.”
Nelson was not satisfied with that answer and wanted to know if Joe Biden really believed America was a systemically racist nation and whether or not Biden would own up to his role in perpetuating institutions Biden now claims are racist.
This enraged Psaki who shot back, “I think I’ve answered your question.”
Psaki is not used to real questions from adversarial reporters.
In the past, Biden worked with segregationist Senators and spearheaded the passage of the 1994 crime bill.
At the first Democrat Party Presidential debate, Kamala Harris tore Joe Biden apart over his racist past.
But now that Joe Biden is President, the administration is trying to present him as a combination of FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. and that’s why Jen Psaki is trying to memory-hole the skeletons in Biden’s closet.
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