Former Biden White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently debuted her new show on MSNBC and is already receiving criticism.
Psaki was frequently tongue-tied or unable to respond while she worked for the current president, but now that she has a TV show, she is letting her mouth and extremities fly.
In a recent broadcast, Psaki criticized Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for questioning the continuation of US funding for the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Psaki, who is praised by the left as a strong communicator, instead made headlines when she began wildly flailing her arms while attempting to make a point in response to the governor’s attitude.
“Okay. So, if you’re having a hard time following, you’re not alone. But let me try to recap here. It’s nothing more than a territorial dispute, but the person overseeing this, little territorial dispute, is a war criminal.
But at the same time, we have to worry much more about our own border than said war criminal.
Got it, okay, I think. And look, I know there are politics involved here. Of course, there are. This is a potential presidential primary that he’s gonna get himself engaged in. But this isn’t just about positioning in a Republican primary.
The rest of the world actually watches stuff like this very closely, including Vladimir Putin. If he sees the two leading Republican candidates for president waffling on support for Ukraine, it gives some incentive to wait out the next year and a half and continue to pulverize Ukrainian civilians, rather than even being open to negotiating anything,” Psaki began.
When Psaki resumed her tirade on the issue that has cost the United States more than $130 billion, she began flailing her arms violently.
“So, Ron DeSantis may think this is just another political issue to manage in a primary, but what he is saying could actually impact the war.
Europeans are watching this, too, and if they think the United States might waver in their support, that can impact their calculus as well.
Look, I was with President Biden on his first overseas trip as president when the common concern he heard from other foreign leaders was whether they could depend on our commitment to our values and to our partners after four years of Donald Trump. ‘How long would it last?’ was their question,” Psaki said.
“And you better believe that those concerns will resurface if they are sensing a return to the isolationist sentiment from the leading Republican candidates for president.
Now, it may be that Ron DeSantis has lurched away from Trump on this issue and is a firm supporter of helping Ukraine. It may be that he’s lurched back. I honestly can’t tell. But what I do know is this: Consistency matters. Commitment to values matters. And at the moment, Ron DeSantis isn’t showing much of either of those,” she added.
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— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 27, 2023
In addition to her criticism of GOP politicians, Psaki drew eyebrows when she praised President Joseph Biden’s address last week, as reported by Conservative Brief.
During an interview that Psaki sponsored on MSNBC, she commended Biden for speaking at 9:00 a.m. about the serious financial issue confronting the nation, as if working at 9:00 a.m. is exceptional or above and beyond the call of duty.
“It’s important to note President Biden does nothing at 9 AM … The fact that he’s doing this at 9 AM anyway speaks to how vital the White House recognizes it is for him to have his voice out there…” Psaki told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday.
Conservative Brief said that Psaki, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci and current White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, was ordered to offer testimony in a lawsuit about the alleged suppression of users by large internet platforms, but her testimony was eventually prohibited.
The suit was initially filed in May by then-Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is now a U.S. senator, and then-Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, alleging that administration officials coerced or conspired with social media platforms to “suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content” with “dis-information,” “misinformation,” and “mal-information” labels.
In January, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans blocked an attempt by Republican attorneys general to depose her in a lawsuit filed against the Biden administration alleging collusion with big tech to censor and ban certain users, stating that she did not “dictate policy” in prompting media to censor.
Western District of Louisiana U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty denied Psaki’s request to dismiss her subpoena to testify, but the three-judge appeals panel ruled that the lower court judge failed to adequately consider established legal principles that limit depositions of current and former Executive Branch officials to essential circumstances.