Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy must be a glutton for punishment, because he keeps trying to zing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and she keeps making him look like the douchebag he is.
At Monday’s press briefing, Doocy said that President Joe Biden had broken his promise not to meddle in the Justice Department when he suggested last week that anyone who ignores a subpoena from the Jan. 6 House Select Committee should be referred for criminal charges.
Psaki immediately made it clear that she wasn’t going to let Doocy hijack the press briefing:
Psaki told the Fox reporter:
Doocy then tried to make a comparison between Biden and Trump, saying Biden had vowed not to “do what former President Trump does” and use the DOJ to punish his enemies.
And that’s when Psaki rolled right over both Doocy and the failed, one-term former president:
Exactly. Donald Trump incited an insurrection, tried to use the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 election, and repeatedly insisted that the DOJ protect him from an investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
There is no comparison between what Trump did with the DOJ and Biden make an off-the-cuff remark about what should happen to those who ignore lawful subpoenas.
Also, Donald Trump is a crook, a con man, a sexual predator, and a traitor. Joe Biden is none of those, and he also has a brain and a heart, both of which Trump lacks.
Proving that being a Republican requires you to abstain from logic and reason while completely shutting down your brain, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sounded like a raving lunatic Sunday during an appearance on Fox News.
Ostensibly, Blackburn was speaking with host Maria Bartiromo to discuss the two pieces of legislation that are the centerpieces of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
Instead, Blackburn began ranting about controlling kids and closing churches, neither of which has anything to do with the president’s legislative proposals:
Socialism? Rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges is socialism? If so, then the vast majority of Americans must be socialists, because polls show they support the president’s plan.
But Blackburn was just getting warmed up. She then decided she’d double down on her message of fear and loathing to add:
WTF?! How does infrastructure and investing in people have anything do with going to church?
As for the mention of banking and transactions, Blackburn’s conspiracy theory has already been debunked, with USA Today noting:
“Biden’s Treasury Dept. Declares IRS Will Monitor Transactions of ALL U.S. Accounts Over $600,” reads the headline of a Sept. 10 InfoWars story that has been shared widely on Facebook.
The same claim popped up in various iterations on social media, like a Sept. 22 Instagram post claiming Biden’s proposal would give the IRS “direct access to your bank transactions.” It accumulated several thousand likes within the first day.
We rate the claim that the Treasury Department ‘declares’ the IRS will monitor transactions in all U.S. bank accounts over $600 as PARTLY FALSE, based on our research. The Biden Administration has proposed monitoring accounts over $600, but the only figures reported to the government would be the total inflows and outflows for the year – not the size and nature of each transaction. And the Treasury can’t simply “declare” this measure, it must be approved by Congress.
Under the Patriot Act, which was passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, the government already has a certain amount of oversight of financial transactions. You cannot open an account with valid ID and any suspicious activity in an account is immediately reported to Homeland Security and the Treasury Department.
Marsha Blackburn — like nearly every Republican — has no solution to any of the problems this country faces. They only have fear, lies, conspiracy theories, and gibberish. It’s no wonder voters gave control of Congress and the White House in last year’s election.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki got a question from Michael Shear of the New York Times which sounded more like a query from Fox News or Newsmax. And she quickly dispatched Shear for what he asked.
Specifically, Shear used one of those classic “people are saying” questions that are the favorite of right-wing media and their savior, failed, one-term former President Donald Trump:
Psaki began by trying to get clarity and specifics on who had made such comments about the president:
“So, just for the sake of argument here, not argument but discussion, beyond the representative of the Cuban government – But who are we talking about here, who’s saying that the President’s like Trump?”
Shear told the press secretary:
Clearly amused by the question, Psaki began destroying everything Shear had just said:
Title 42, it should be noted, deals with public health, ABC News reports:
Title 42 is a clause of the 1944 Public Health Services Law that “allows the government to prevent the introduction of individuals during certain public health emergencies,” said Olga Byrne, the immigration director at the International Rescue Committee.
Seeing as how we’re in the midst of a pandemic, what Psaki said next just makes good sense, and she also managed to get a dig in at Trump:
It’s been said before but it bears repeating: Jen Psaki is a national treasure. It’s so refreshing to see a press secretary who actually responds to the questions.
Less than 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to strike down a restrictive Texas law which forbids nearly 85% of all abortions in the state, the Biden administration made it clear it will not sit by and allow women across the United States to be denied a right they are guaranteed under Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision handed down in 1973 which established that states may not seek to control a woman’s reproductive freedom.
President Joe Biden had this to say Thursday afternoon in an official statement:
“It unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts,” Biden, a Democrat, said in a statement directing federal agencies to act to protect the right to abortion enshrined in the high court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. “Complete strangers will now be empowered to inject themselves in the most private and personal health decisions faced by women.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also commented on the ruling by the high court, noting:
That led Owen Jensen, the White House correspondent for EWNT — The Eternal Word Television Network — to ask:
Without a moment of hesitation, Psaki expertly swatted down Wilson by telling him:
Boom! Game, set, and match, Jen Psaki.
It shouldn’t be required to teach Americans that church and state are supposed to be kept separate under our form of government. It’s enshrined in the damn Constitution! As Thomas Jefferson himself once wrote:
“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth.”
The Texas attack on a woman’s right to choose will backfire on the state and on Republicans nationally. It may well hand the 2022 election to Democrats at the local, state, and national level.
When it comes to the right to choose, we should leave those decisions to the women who have to make them.
For his willingness to cooperate with his Democratic Senate colleagues and help pass an infrastructure bill that will provide $4.6 for highways in his home state, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has been censured by the Aiken County Republican Party, proving that many in the GOP are opposed to compromise and reaching across the aisle even when it benefits them and their constituents.
“The local party this week accused the powerful South Carolina Republican of playing both sides of the political aisle to his advantage, consciously violating Republican principles, backing bills ‘that target our freedoms,’ and, ultimately, wandering too far to the left.”
The $1.1 trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill passed the Senate this week by a final vote of 69-30, with 19 Republicans cross the aisle to give their consent to the legislation, which will provide billions in funding for states and also be a boon to employment across the country.
After the bill passed, Graham issued a statement saying it was good for the Palmetto State:
But Republicans in Aiken County dubbed the bill a mistake, and claimed that it “degrades the rights of existing American businesses.” Their censure also included this about Graham:
Interestingly, former President Donald Trump was also opposed to the bipartisan infrastructure bill, issuing a statement after it passed that read:
“Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow. I have quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the most overrated man in politics—now I don’t have to be quiet anymore. He is working so hard to give Biden a victory, now they’ll go for the big one, including the biggest tax increases in the history of our Country.”
Sounds like sour grapes from Trump, who repeatedly talked about it being “infrastructure week” during his failed single term in office, but never actually got around to doing so with legislation or a package of suggestions for Congress, even though the GOP had control of both houses of Congress for Trump’s first two years in office.