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Psaki Awkwardly Smirks as Reporter Savages Her by Listing Off Biden’s Failures for 1 Minute Straight

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 By C. Douglas Golden, The Western Journal


 January 14, 2022 at 11:14am


It isn’t as if there have been many good days, but Thursday may have been the worst day of President Joe Biden’s administration so far.

An appeals court struck down most of the administration’s vaccine mandate. The president’s push to invoke the “nuclear option” and do away with the filibuster for the Democrats’ proposed voting overhaul was rebuffed by both Democrat holdouts in the Senate, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who reaffirmed their support for the 60-vote threshold in the upper chamber.

Vice President Kamala Harris gave (another) disastrous interview. The weekly unemployment claims report was a disaster. And, as the U.K. Daily Mail pointed out, Biden’s approval rating reached a new low in a Quinnipiac poll, putting him at 33 percent.

(Not that this should be any surprise; the chickens are coming home to roost — and we’ve been chronicling the entire process since the beginning of the Biden administration here at The Western Journal. You can help us bring readers the truth by subscribing.)

And if Thursday was a bad day, it capped off an awful couple of weeks — as a reporter at Thursday’s White House media briefing pointed out to press secretary Jen Psaki, who smirked awkwardly throughout the whole ordeal.

Keep in mind, this was before the vaccine mandate was struck or it became fully clear that the push to do away with the filibuster on the voting overhaul was deader than a Chicago voter. However, the reporter noted that “frankly, things just seem like they’re going pretty poorly right now for the White House.

“You know, Build Back Better is being blocked. Voting rights is being blocked. Diplomatic talks with Russia doesn’t seem to have brought us back from the brink of war.  Inflation is at a 40-year high. The virus is setting records for infection,” he said.

“So, as we kind of hit this one-year period, and a period where everything seems like it’s in pretty rough shape, or nearly everything — which is not an invitation, I guess, to list off some other things — I’m wondering, at what point do you take stock and say that things need to change internally, whether it’s your outreach with the Hill, whether it’s the leadership within the White House,” the reporter said.

“You seem to be stymied on an incredible number of fronts right now,” he added — a relative understatement.

Psaki, still wearing that smirk, told the reporter she would “give you a little bit of a different take on this.” See if you’ve heard this list of greatest hits before:

Please enjoy this reporter just SAVAGING Biden with this BRUTAL question listing Biden’s utter failures for over a minute STRAIGHT as Psaki is forced to listen while she awkwardly smirks

WATCH THIS. pic.twitter.com/sXEFH1LNKN

— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) January 13, 2022

“More than 200 million people are vaccinated. We’ve had record job growth, record low unemployment rates, historically, in this country, over the last year. We’ve rebuilt our alliances and our relationships around the world,” she said.

“And right now, as it relates to Russia, as you heard our National Security Advisor convey, we’re working with partners around the world to convey very clearly — it’s up to them to make a choice about what’s next. We’re not going to make that on their behalf. It’s up to them to determine if there are going to be crippling economic sanctions or not, or — if they decide to move forward.”

She went on to note that “when you have a small margin and threshold in the Senate, it’s very difficult to get things done and to get legislation passed” — which is true, except for the fact the president just took a major gamble on eliminating the filibuster and lost.

As for Biden’s other big failure in the Senate, Psaki said “we are still continuing to work with members to determine the path forward on Build Back Better, that we have the vast majority of Democrats in the Senate supporting voting rights. That’s a path forward for us.”

Except it’s not if you don’t have the votes of Manchin and Sinema. That slim majority — not actually a majority, but a 50-50 party split with ties decided by the vice president — is predicated upon both of those moderate-ish Democrats going along. On both Build Back Better and doing away with the filibuster for voting overhaul, they don’t have both on board. What path forward, then?

That was unmentioned, but Psaki insisted that, at the White House, “our effort is to do hard things, try hard things, and keep at it. So, we just don’t see it through the same prism.”

Is the Biden administration failing?

OK, then: “So, the sense is things are going well; there’s no need for change right now?” the reporter responded.

Of course, we shouldn’t have expected an actual answer to that, and we didn’t get one; Psaki merely said that “having worked in a White House before, you do hard things in White Houses. You have every challenge at your feet — laid at your feet, whether it’s global or domestically. And we could certainly propose legislation to see if people support bunny rabbits and ice cream, but that wouldn’t be very rewarding to the American people.”

You may indeed do hard things in White Houses, but eventually, the rest of America sees what you do through the prism of results. The “record job growth” the Biden administration boasts of has been below expectations, since it’s actually just regenerating the jobs that were killed off by the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdowns. As for those “rebuilt alliances,” they don’t seem to be deterring Russia from teetering on the brink of war with Ukraine or China from eyeing up Taiwan.

Psaki didn’t even bother coming up with a counter to record inflation — it was up 7 percent last month compared to the year before, the highest spike since 1982 — or a record number of COVID infections when Biden had run his presidential campaign on shutting the disease down cold.

This is the mouthpiece of the White House. A reporter spent an entire minute reading off the failures of the Biden administration. After smirking her way through it, the best Psaki could offer was some weak rhetoric on jobs, doing hard things and looking at this through a different prism.

As for the rest of America, they’re looking at this through the only prism possible: The Biden administration is failing and flailing. Psaki can try to make lemonade out of lemons all she wants, but it’s clear the White House has no sugar to add to the mix.

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‘Presidency Could Use a Reset’: Media Give Joe Biden Negative Press Conference Reviews 

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The establishment media handed President Joe Biden negative reviews after his press conference Wednesday, the sixth reported solo presser of his presidency.

As the oftentimes Democrat-allied media have tried to protect the president from his gaffes, miscues, and overt blunders by avoiding certain topics while focusing on others, many of the establishment media’s headlines after his two-hour press conference were negative.

“As one Joe builds, another Joe destroys,” a Washington Post op-ed headlined about the press conference. The article used language such as, “Biden admitted defeat” and “Biden found himself negotiating with President Manchin through the assembled reporters.”

“It’s time for him [Biden] to produce — or spare us the naive piety. In democracy’s dark hour, he has already done incalculable harm,” the article dissected the speech.

The leading opinion article in the New York Times Thursday morning highlighted Biden’s polling slide with independents and the president’s “weak approval ratings” before acknowledging Biden failed to destroy election integrity.

“Never mind about voting rights or avoiding another Jan. 6. It’s the economy, Joe,” the article stated, criticizing Biden’s 40-year-high inflation.

PBS News titled its response to Biden’s press conference, “Biden acknowledges setbacks to domestic agenda in rare press conference.”

After noting the solo press conference was his first in ten months, PBS News stressed Biden’s answers to the administration’s crisis: “anxiety over omicron,” “soaring inflation,” and the “stalemate on voting rights legislation.”

The Post published a second headline that insinuated Biden’s presidency is broken. “How Biden can fix his presidency,” it read.

“His presidency could use a reset,” the article bluntly stated. “[I]n recent weeks, the omicron variant has set records for new cases in the United States, jobs numbers are volatile, inflation is up, and the Democrats’ $2 trillion Build Back Better plan has stalled in the Senate.”

The Post also published a third negative headline about Biden’s press conference, which admitted the media’s reviews of Biden’s press conference were negative. “The media wants to paint Joe Biden as a failure. He won’t let that happen.”

“President Biden, while marking the end of his first year in office on Wednesday, met a press corps anxious to paint him as a failure,” the article’s first sentence began.

Upon the conclusion of Biden’s press conference, where he defended himself against polling data that suggests 49 percent believe the president is not mentally fit, the White House had reportedly planned a media “clean up” by Vice President Kamala Harris and White House press secretary Jen Psaki:

MAN! “Kamala” went on The TODAY Show to clean up JOE’S MESSY PANTS from yesterday’s DRUG TRIP of a Press Conference. SHE WAS REALLY SNIPPY ABOUT IT! I mean, Savannah is Fake News but SHE didn’t screw up that Press Conference, JOE DID!!!! pic.twitter.com/uHof7SOkq5

— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) January 20, 2022

Harris was reportedly scheduled on all three cable news networks: CBS’s Morning, NBC’s Today Show, and ABC’s Good Morning America. Psaki appeared on Fox News. And White House chief of staff Ron Klain had a prerecorded message ready to air on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

Psaki’s Fox News appearance was a quite civil interview. This clip gives you the flavor. pic.twitter.com/mV3laviUck

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 20, 2022

Reviews of Harris’s interviews were also negative. Harris laughed on CBS about Biden’s failure to shut down the coronavirus and seemingly ignored questions about election integrity on NBC:

Harris laughs when confronted on Biden’s lie that he would “shut down the virus.” pic.twitter.com/t9IENDw1po

— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 20, 2022

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White House Cleans Up Again After Joe Biden Questions Legitimacy of 2022 Election

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The White House spent Thursday morning trying to clean up comments President Joe Biden made questioning the legitimacy of the 2022 midterms.

“Lets be clear: The president was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki wrote on social media.

Lets be clear: @potus was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election. He was making the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters turned out in the face of a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and have those votes counted.

— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 20, 2022

During his press conference, Biden repeatedly warned that voting reforms passed by Republicans in states could call into question the results of the election.

“Oh, yeah, I think it easily could be — be illegitimate,” Biden said when asked about the 2022 midterms, as Breitbart News reported.

Biden repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the upcoming 2022 election, unless bills were passed in Congress to federalize elections.

“I’m not going to say it’s going to be legit,” he said. “It’s — the increase and the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these — these reforms passed.”

Psaki claimed Biden was actually trying to support the legitimacy of the election.

Biden questioned the legitimacy of the 2022 midterm elections, after repeatedly lecturing former President Donald Trump and Republicans for casting doubts on the 2020 presidential election. https://t.co/xf5te5BKmg

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 20, 2022

“Let’s be clear: The president was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election,” she wrote. “He was making the opposite point.”

She claimed Biden was challenging Republicans for trying to overturn the 2020 election results on claims of election fraud.

“The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it,” she concluded.

Psaki also went on Fox News to try to explain Biden’s comments.

.@PressSec told Fox News that President Biden “absolutely is not predicting that the 2022 elections would be illegitimate.”

In a Wednesday press conference, @POTUS said “it depends” when asked if the midterm elections will be free and fair if his voting rights agenda stalls. pic.twitter.com/enwD3xKSOQ

— Mediaite (@Mediaite) January 20, 2022

Psaki’s latest attempt to explain the president is not the only thing she had to correct after Biden’s nearly two-hour press conference on Wednesday.

She immediately released a statement on Russia and Ukraine after Biden shocked the world by suggesting Putin “has to do something” on Ukraine and that a “minor incursion” might be allowed.

“President Biden has been clear with the Russian President: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our Allies,” Psaki wrote, insisting that Biden “affirmed today that those acts of Russian aggression will be met with a decisive, reciprocal, and united response.”

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Del Rio Sector Becoming Busiest for Illegal Border Crossings, Says Chief

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A massive migrant surge in the Del Rio Sector is threatening to make this the busiest of the nine southwest Border Patrol sectors, according to Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens. With approximately 4,000 apprehended over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend and nearly 1,000 more on Tuesday, the Del Rio Sector is leading the Rio Grande Valley Sector for January apprehensions.

A source operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed to Breitbart Texas that Del Rio Sector agents apprehended more than 16,000 migrants so far this month. This compares to the approximately 13,000 apprehended during the same period in the Rio Grande Valley sector. If this trend holds through the end of the month, Del Rio will overtake Rio Grande Valley as the busiest sector along the southwest border with Mexico.

Chief Owens tweeted images of more large migrant groups who surrendered to Border Patrol agents immediately after crossing the border from Mexico into Texas. The chief reported five groups crossed the border overwhelming the limited resources available in the sector. One group alone consisted of more than 265 migrants.

Five more large groups in four days for Del Rio Sector, one had more than 265! Groups that give up all at once like this are extremely taxing on resources, especially for Del Rio Sector, the busiest area of the border so far in 2022! pic.twitter.com/qZKBa98rn6

— Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens (@USBPChiefDRT) January 18, 2022

By the following morning, the agents apprehended more large migrant groups. One of these apprehended during the cover of darkness consisted of more than 400 in a single group.

OVERNIGHT: Already a common occurrence, now happening daily. Large groups cross the Rio Grande & immediately turn themselves in to agents in Eagle Pass.

This time, close to 400 in one group! pic.twitter.com/oEGfp9EIGt

— Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens (@USBPChiefDRT) January 19, 2022

The Del Rio Sector appears to be overtaking the Rio Grande Valley Sector as the busiest in the nation. Breitbart Texas’s Randy Clark reported agents in this sector apprehended more than 4,000 migrants during the first six days of the new year. Another 4,000 were apprehended over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. As of Wednesday morning, the number of apprehensions is estimated to exceed 16,000.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

Randy Clark contributed to this article.

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