White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s pattern of lying is only serving to humiliate her boss.
According to Fox News, Joe Biden’s top spokeswoman doubled down Thursday on claims the president has made about new voting laws in Georgia — claims that even The Washington Post has admitted are patently false.
Fact-checkers call out WH lies
At issue were claims from President Biden that Georgia had reduced opportunities for early voting with its new Republican-backed election reform law, and would close all polling locations in the state at 5 p.m., making it far more difficult for working Americans to cast their ballots.
According to The Washington Post‘s fact-checker, however, Biden had it all backward. The Georgia law actually expanded early voting opportunities overall, though it limited certain aspects of the practice, and it bars polling locations from closing before 5 p.m.
According to Fox News, polling places are allowed to remain open in the state under the new law until 7 p.m., and may open as early as 7 a.m.
A change in tone?
No doubt with that and other fact-checks in mind — and with an eye toward threatened boycotts of Georgia-based corporations based on Biden’s own misleading rhetoric — a reporter called Psaki out on Thursday over the disinformation and asked if the White House would take a different “tone” going forward.
“It standardizes the ending of voting every day at five, right? It just gives options?” Psaki replied in a combative back-and-forth with the reporter about the Georgia law, according to a White House transcript.
“It gives options to expand it — right? — but it standardized it at five,” she added. “It also makes it so that outside groups can’t provide water or food to people in line. Right? It makes it more difficult to absentee vote. Are those things all correct?”
“No, our tone is not changing”
The reporter pushed back, saying: “No, that’s actually not what the governor of Georgia has said.” But Psaki wouldn’t be swayed.
“No, our tone is not changing,” she said. “We have concerns about the specific components of the package, including the fact that it makes it harder and more difficult for people to vote by limiting absentee options; by making it not viable, not possible for people to provide water to people who are in line; by not standardizing longer hours.”
Psaki added: “So, if you’re making it harder to vote, no, we don’t support that.”
Of course, the press secretary’s remarks could be described as misleading at best. Unfortunately, the Biden White House seems intent on sticking to talking points, regardless of the facts.