The administration of President Joe Biden has returned to the strategy of blaming forming President Donald Trump for all of their shortcomings.
This time, PJ Media’s Robert Spencer reports that the Biden-led White House appeared to blame the creation of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new Disinformation Governance Board on Trump.
The DHS announced the new board last week, in the process causing a big stir. That’s because, to Republicans or anyone who values free speech, this looks like the left’s latest attempt to censor their political opposition. Many, in fact, have dubbed the new board Biden’s “Ministry of Truth,” referring to George Orwell’s novel 1984.
The criticism of the board only intensified when it was revealed that Nina Jankowicz has been chosen to lead the effort. That’s because, besides being a leftist partisan, Jankowicz has actively pushed disinformation herself in the past, perhaps most notably by claiming, during the leadup to the 2020 presidential election, that the very real Hunter Biden laptop story is Russian disinformation.
Biden’s most popular scapegoat
Suffice it to say that the Biden administration has had a lot of explaining to do over the creation of this new disinformation board. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ran into the criticism during Friday’s White House briefing.
At one point during the briefing, Psaki clearly tried to shift the blame for the creation of the board onto former President Trump.
“What I will tell you about the, um, Board and what the Board is doing, this is a continuation of work that began at the Department of Homeland Security in 2020 under former President Trump,” Psaki said.
Just a moment later, she reiterated this statement, adding, “so for anyone who’s critical of it, I don’t – I didn’t hear them being critical of the work under the former president, which is just interesting to note contextually.”
Talk about disinformation . . .
Spencer, in his article, demonstrates why it is that Psaki’s claim, that the board is Trump’s creation, doesn’t pass muster. For one thing, Spencer highlights the fact that the creation of the new board was first reported last Wednesday by Politico. The outlet clearly uses the phrase “a new Disinformation Governance Board,” and, as Spencer notes, “if the Board is new, it’s not a continuation of a Trump administration initiative.”
On top of this, Spencer points out that DHS head Alejandro Mayorkas also made it clear that the board was “established” by the Biden administration. If this doesn’t convince you that Psaki is simply trying to shift some blame onto Trump, then Spencer suggests turning to some common sense.
“Amid all the Left’s hysterical propaganda about Trump being a ‘fascist’ who was bent on destroying ‘our democracy,’ do you really think that we would only be hearing fifteen months after Trump left office that he had established a board to police speech?” Spencer asks, adding, “The news would have been shouted from every rooftop.”
Indeed. Spencer concludes the article, stating, “Ms. Psaki, you have been found guilty of disinformation.”