Psaki Does Damage Control For Biden

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Psaki’s probably sick of her job.

Following Biden’s first press conference of the year, White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, was left in the predicament of clarifying one of the President’s statements in a tweet.

During the press conference, Biden was questioned by a reporter about upcoming midterm elections, and whether he believed results would be legitimate, his response cast doubt on the elections.

“Well, it all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election.” The President began, causing many to wonder if Biden was casting doubt on election results because Democrats could lose control of Congress.

But Psaki denied that notion, saying in the tweet, “Let’s 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.”

She continued, “He was explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former president asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact. The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it.”

Yet, Psaki’s statements don’t align with Biden’s, as the President never alluded to the former President or his election fraud claims during his response.

He did, however, mention a favorite Democratic talking point about Republicans trying to make it challenging for minorities to vote because the GOP was insistent on requiring identification from voters and implementing security measures.