White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was called out by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy at Tuesday’s briefing over her tweets stating President Trump and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp stole their respective 2016 and 2018 elections. Doocy asked in the context of Joe Biden attacking ‘MAGA Republicans’ as 2020 election deniers.
Looks like Jen Psaki has been giving hand waving tips to KJP.
Short clip posted by Town Hall:
DOOCY: "You tweeted in 2016 that Trump stole an election."
KJP: "I knew this was coming."
DOOCY: "If denying election results is extreme now, why wasn't it then?"
KJP: "That comparison that you made is just ridiculous." pic.twitter.com/EJyoykV1Ta
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 6, 2022
Doocy: “…the new attention on the MAGA Republicans, you tweeted…”
Jean-Pierre: “Oh, I knew this was coming!”
Doocy: “…in 2016 Trump stole an election. You tweeted…”
Jean-Pierre: “I was waiting Peter when you were gonna ask me that question. (Laughs.)
Doocy: “Well, here we go. You tweeted Trump stole an election. You tweeted Brian Kemp stole an election. If denying election results is extreme now, why wasn’t it then.?”
Jean-Pierre: “Yeah, so, let’s let’s be really clear. That, that comparison you made is just ridiculous. I have been…”
Doocy: “No, it’s not ridiculous”
Jean-Pierre: “…You’re asking, you’re asking me a question, let me answer it.”
Doocy: “And you said it was ridiculous.”
Jean-Pierre: “I was, I was talking specifically at that time of what was happening with voting rights and the, what was in danger of voting rights, that’s what I was speaking to at the time.”
Longer video clip posted by Forbes:
#BREAKING: Karine Jean-Pierre questioned over her past claims about the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy. pic.twitter.com/Rs8r7EUyxS
— Forbes (@Forbes) September 6, 2022
Jean-Pierre tweeted on December 17, 2016 with no apparent context of voting rights, “Stolen emails, stolen drone, stolen election …..welcome to the world of #unpresidented Trump”
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) December 18, 2016
On March 12, 2019, Jean-Pierre said of the 2016 Georgia governor election in response to a comment claiming voter suppression and cheating, “Yes – the race was stolen.”
Yes – the race was stolen.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) March 12, 2019
A year later on April 2, 2020, with no apparent context of voting rights, Jean-Pierre accused Kemp of stealing the election from Abrams, “Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.”
Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.https://t.co/ZIKGTd6U1v
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) April 2, 2020
It is telling that Jean-Pierre said to Doocy that she was waiting for him to ask her about her election denial comments. She knows the rest of the White House press corps won’t dare ask her (or Biden) such tough questions.