White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre may not be the most talented communicator, but she’s certainly a committed defender of President Joe Biden.
She certainly proved that this summer.
A Summer of Mistakes
When Jean-Pierre was asked by a reporter about the ongoing investigation into a bag of cocaine that was found near the Situation Room in the White House on Sunday, July 2, the White House press secretary wrongly claimed that the president wasn’t present in the building.
On Friday, July 7, Jean-Pierre angrily told reporters that the Biden family was not present on the day the cocaine was found.
“They were not here Friday. They were not here Saturday. They were not here Sunday. They were not even here Monday,” Jean-Pierre scowled. “They came back on Tuesday. So to ask that question is actually incredibly irresponsible. And I’ll just leave it there.”
Jean-Pierre’s obvious anger at the question could well have been deliberate, as an official press pool report proves that she was wrong. It’s no wonder, then, that she didn’t want to answer any more questions about it.
According to the official press pool report for Friday, June 30, President Joe Biden was, in fact, present at the White House. The president gave remarks during the afternoon in the Roosevelt Room and stayed at the White House until 6:34pm that day when he departed for Camp David. Notably, he was joined not only by his wife Jill Biden, but also by his son, Hunter Biden, and his grandson, Beau Biden.
Karine Jean-Pierre: Incorrect Claims About SCOTUS
When Jean-Pierre isn’t telling untruths about the president’s whereabouts, she’s also disputing decisions made by the Supreme Court – despite holding no legal qualifications whatsoever.
During an interview on MSNBC also this summer, Jean-Pierre argued that the Supreme Court – a bench of some of the nation’s most qualified legal and constitutional scholars – had acted against the interests of the American people and deliberately removed “important constitutional rights” by ending racist affirmative action college admissions.
“This is really, really important and I know the American people are really tracking this, as they should be. Dobbs’ decision, that was something that was decided on a year ago. Really took away the freedoms from women. I think about abortion, I think about reproductive rights,” Jean-Pierre said, referencing the Supreme Court’s July 29 ruling that banned the use of race as a deciding factor in college admissions.
“And that was unprecedented. Now you fast-forward to what we saw last week, affirmative action. Again, taking away important constitutional rights that have been in place for a long time,” she continued.
Between telling easily-disproven lies and falsely claiming Supreme Court justices had removed a “constitutional right” to discriminate against people according to their race, one has to ask:
Will Karine Jean-Pierre say anything to defend this administration?
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.