The alleged attack on Paul Pelosi by a known local nudist and accused pedophile -- who the Pelosi's, the White House and the media are painting as a MAGA Republican -- has spawned the narrative that our elections are in jeopardy and that "the right" is the party of political violence.
This is no laughing matter. It dominated today's press briefing, giving us an inside view of how the narrative is crafted. It wasn't just Karine's answers that should raise the hairs on your necks; it's the questions from reporters. Here is a taste:
Q: To what degree could you characterize how much the Pelosi attack influenced the President’s decision to give this address tonight? How much of a catalyst is that?
Q: Given the stakes — let me ask you a big-picture question — does the President believe that if the country chooses divided government next week and gives Republicans control of the House that the federal government can operate efficiently and effectively while he’s still President?
Q: And then one other thing on violence — political violence. Do you know if the President has had a chance to speak directly to Paul Pelosi yet?
Q: Yeah, I just wanted to go back to Kelly’s first question. Was the attack on Paul Pelosi an impetus for the speech to happen? Was it an inspiration? Had the President already been working on it? What’s the timeline on the speech?
Fox News' Peter Doocey took a different approach:
Q: Thank you, Karine. Following up on your comment that there’s an alarming number of Republicans who are saying they’re not going to accept election results, does that mean President Biden thinks it is a threat to democracy if somebody votes Republican?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: No. That’s a — that’s a ridiculous question. No.
Q: Why is that a ridiculous question?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Because American people should have their right to vote for whomever they want. Voting is a sacred right. It is something that the President wants to protect at — at every turn, and he has done that. He’s taken actions to protect the right to vote. And — and you see Democrats in Congress also doing the work to protect the right to vote.
We are talking about mega MAGA Republican officials who have been very clear about this, who say — who say, you know, they are pro-police, but then they are also pro-insurrectionists. That is — you cannot be pro-police and be pro-insurrectionists who also say they want to defund the FBI. That’s a problem. That is a problem that we are seeing. And who — I’ve said, have been very clear that they have — they have been very clear about pushing and pedaling the Big Lie, pedaling dangerous conspiracy theory.
And so, that’s what we’re talking about. But the American people have — they have their right to make a decision on who they want to represent them, and they should be allowed to do so.
Q: Okay. In the context of calling out election deniers then, is he going to call out Republicans that denied election results and Democrats that deny election results?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: It doesn’t ma- — it doesn’t matter if there’s a “D” or an “R” after your name; he will call out any rhetoric that is a pol- — that leads to, potentially, political violence or that calls political violence — for political violence. That is a problem. The President has always, always condemned political violence. It doesn’t matter, again, if you’re a Republican, an independent, or a Democrat.
Q: So, President Biden thinks democracy can survive, even if Democrats are not in charge of Congress?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: The President is optimistic.
The rhetoric about terrible MAGA Republicans is ubiquitous this week, less than seven days before the midterms.
During the briefing, KJP repeatedly pointed reporters to the White House's National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, released in June of 2021. Given the Democrat rhetoric, we should all probably read it.
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