White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is once again gaslighting reporters — and the American people — in her attempt to avoid acknowledging President Joe Biden’s latest gaffe.
During a White House conference on hunger, nutrition and health, Biden stopped his speech to search for a dead member of Congress. As he named and thanked members of both parties who helped with the event, Biden suddenly stopped to ask about the late congresswoman, appearing to not realize that she had passed away.
“I want to thank all of you here for including bipartisan elected officials like Rep. (Jim) McGovern, Sen. (Mike) Braun, Sen. (Cory) Booker, Representative – Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” the president asked while looking out at the audience.
The congresswoman Biden was referring to, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), passed away in a tragic car accident back in August. Before her passing, the Indiana congresswoman was the co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus. The president even released a statement regarding her death after the news broke, saying the accident left him “shocked and saddened.”
“Jill and I are shocked and saddened by the death of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski of Indiana along with two members of her staff in a car accident today in Indiana,” the statement read. “Born in her beloved South Bend as the daughter of a meat-cutter and firefighter, she spent a lifetime serving the community that she grew up in — as a journalist, a nonprofit director, a state legislator, and eventually as a Member of Congress for the past nine and half years.”
The president also noted in the statement that, while he and Walorski “disagreed on many issues,” she was “respected by members of both parties for her work on the House Ways and Means Committee on which she served.”
A tribute video honoring Walorski was also set to play at the conference, though Biden was not present when the video played.
Apparently a tribute video to the late Congresswoman Walorski was played at the event right before Joe Biden spoke.https://t.co/pCdRBCFRJN
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 28, 2022
Nonetheless, critics were concerned that the president had somehow forgotten the congresswoman had passed away during an event in which the White House had planned to honor her, especially after he had supposedly sent out the statement regarding her death just over a month ago.
During a press briefing after a clip of Biden’s comments went viral, Jean-Pierre refused to give an actual explanation for the president’s gaffe when questioned by reporters.
“The president was naming the congressional champions on this issue and was acknowledging her incredible work,” the press secretary said.
“Of course she was on his mind. She was on top of mind for the president,” Jean-Pierre continued, adding that Biden planned to meet with members of Walorski’s family on Friday to sign legislation renaming a Veterans Affairs clinic in the congresswoman’s honor.
Surprisingly, reporters continued to press the issue with Jean-Pierre, with several of them asking her to explain Biden’s comments.
“I think the confusing part is why, if she and the family is top of mind, does the president think she is living and in the room?” asked one reporter.
“I don’t find that confusing,” Jean-Pierre responded. “I mean I think many people can speak to sometimes when you have people top of mind, they are top of mind, exactly that.”
Another reporter continued to push the press secretary, demanding that she actually provide an explanation. Instead, Jean-Pierre said she did not understand why everyone kept asking about Biden’s comments.
“I’m not sure why. Why? Why one more time?” the press secretary asked.
When asked if Biden had been confused or simply misread the teleprompter, Jean-Pierre was visibly frustrated.
“I mean you’re jumping to a lot of conclusions,” she said. “No, but I … I’m answering the question, you’re jumping to a lot of conclusions. I just answered your question. If that had been the case, I would have stated that.”
“What I have said is that she is on top of mind,” the press secretary added.
After yet another reporter pushed Jean-Pierre to clarify her response, she stated, “My answer is certainly not going to change.”
Karine Jean-Pierre fails miserably at gaslighting Americans after Biden calls Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who just died in a tragic car crash, on stage:
“She was on top of his mind.”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 28, 2022