WH Journos Continue to Smear DeSantis While Doocy Asks Real Questions


On Thursday afternoon, the White Home press corps stored up what’s come off as a collusion effort with the Biden administration to malign Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) (and fellow Governor Greg Abbott of Texas) for his refusal to open the door to new Covid restrictions and lockdowns. 

In the meantime, Fox’s Peter Doocy did his personal factor in asking actual questions of Press Secretary Jen Psaki with Thursday’s installment specializing in the viral feedback from Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) about defunding the police and Workforce Biden holding out vaccinated foreigners whereas permitting unvaccinated unlawful immigrants to flood the southern border.



Training Secretary Miguel Cardona served as Psaki’s visitor speaker and, with that, liberal journalists noticed a gap to assault DeSantis. 

CBS’s Nancy Cordes and NPR’s Tamara Keith implicitly introduced up the governors, however Cardona nonetheless caught their drift and argued they could possibly be the explanation why colleges shut down throughout the faculty 12 months and have chosen politics over “scholar well being and security” (click on “develop”):

CORDES: Nicely, what about states which might be, say, prohibiting faculty districts from imposing masks mandates? Are you anxious that there will probably be academics unions that say. “If we will not hold the varsity secure the best way that we really feel we must always, we do not need to come again. 

CARDONA: I am anxious that choices which might be being made that aren’t placing college students on the middle and scholar well being and security on the middle goes to be why colleges could also be disrupted, so we all know what to do. And, you realize, do not be the explanation why colleges are disrupted due to the politicization of this effort to reopen colleges. We all know what works. We’ve to maintain our college students secure. We’ve to maintain our educators secure. 


KEITH: Yeah. Reopening faculty is one factor. I believe you simply alluded to this. Retaining faculty open would appear to be one other factor totally. 

CARDONA: Proper.

KEITH: What are you most anxious about by way of the flexibility to maintain school rooms open to maintain children, you realize, operating up that hill to the varsity over there? 

CARDONA: We all know what works. This isn’t our first time doing this. We benefit from the expertise of final 12 months. We’ve sturdy CDC steerage, the Division of Training has a number of handbooks. The again to high school roadmap with instruments, checklists. The instruments are there. It is simply: are we following the mitigation methods? what I am anxious about? The grownup actions getting in the best way of colleges safely reopening. Let our educators educate. Let our leaders — faculty leaders lead and we are able to get our colleges reopened safely and one other factor that I am anxious about that I need to share is complacency. Let’s not return to the varsity system of March 2020. Our college students deserve extra. The funds are there. The urgency is there, That is our time to construct again higher.

KEITH: Can I simply draw out, what do you imply by grownup actions? 

CARDONA: Nicely after we make insurance policies that go towards what CDC suggestions are. , on the finish of the day, we need to guarantee that college students are secure. We need to be sure the employees is secure. We all know how to try this, so let’s not get in the best way of faculty programs, uh, doing insurance policies that they know work for college kids and employees.

ABC’s Stephanie Ramos was extra direct, telling Cardona that her children “have gotten used to sporting masks,” so what did he make of the opposition to masks mandates from Abbott and DeSantis.

Cardona reiterated that they could possibly be “why colleges are interrupted” and college students endure extra “undergo[ing].”

The AP’s Aamer Madhani took an much more insane tact as he questioned whether or not mother and father “ought to…really feel secure sending their kids to colleges the place there aren’t masks mandates.”

Cardona used this query to insist that he would hope states do the precise factor with masks as a result of, if his division begins to see attendance dips as a result of frightened mother and father and youngsters, the federal authorities will step in.

PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor picked up on that menace and twice lobbied Cardona to make use of the Training Division to curb stomp Abbott and DeSantis to make sure that “politics” doesn’t get “in the best way of — of science.”

To not be overlooked, Reuters’s Jeff Mason closed Cardona’s Q&A by framing conservative opposition to important race concept as a plot to thwart the instructing of “extra Black historical past in colleges.”

Shifting to the extra conventional Psaki Present, Ramos fretted that DeSantis was “fundraising off of President Biden’s feedback” attacking him. To this, Psaki reiterated that DeSantis has chosen “partisan name-calling” and politics over “public well being” and taking a “lethal critical” method to a lethal pandemic.

And whereas The Washington Submit spent Thursday morning kvetching about Doocy and his questioning, the Fox correspondent began with information of the day on Bush’s insistence that the police must be defunded whereas she will get to maintain non-public safety.

As she did when suggesting Republicans had been defunding the police, Psaki wasn’t amused (click on “develop”):

DOOCY: Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush is saying that she favors spending tens of hundreds on non-public safety to maintain her secure and that folks ought to, “suck it up. Defunding the police has to occur” Did not President Biden say a couple of weeks in the past that anyone who refuses the get together of being anti-police is mendacity?

PSAKI: Nicely, I believe we should not lose the forest by the timber right here, which is {that a} member of Congress — and elected official is worried that her life is threatened, and that is disturbing that any elected official must undergo dying threats and worry for his or her life, so I am not going to remark, after all on their safety preparations. I haven’t got any extra particulars on that. However I believe we must always begin with that time first. I’ll say that the President has been crystal clear that he opposes defunding the police. He has stated that all through the camp — his marketing campaign for workplace, his file over the past a number of many years has made that clear. He has proposed elevated funding for regulation enforcement and the COPS program, enhance funding from his predecessor who was, as you would possibly be aware or pay attention to, a Republican. So, I would be aware that his file is fairly clear on this. There could also be some within the Democratic Social gathering, together with Congresswoman Bush, who disagree with him. That is okay. However I’d say nearly all of Democrats — we have seen this in polling and nearly all of members additionally agree that we must always not defund the police. 

DOOCY: Is there a higher concern, although — I perceive that is not the president’s place, however is there a priority that defunding the police or “suck it up, defunding the police has to occur” would possibly turn out to be an enormous Democratic message forward of the midterms?

PSAKI: It doesn’t seem to turn out to be — be — turning into a democratic message, regardless that there could be a want for that on the opposite facet of the aisle. 

Little modified on immigration as Doocy famous that “there are studies the administration needs to require all international guests to be vaccinated,” so he wished to know whether or not that’d “embrace migrants arriving in Texas and Arizona after which launched into border cities.”



When Psaki wouldn’t reply, he adopted up: “However do you assume that it is holding individuals secure in McAllen, Texas, the place 7,000 confirmed Covid-positive migrants have been launched into town since February, 1,500 within the final seven days?”

Psaki denied this as a major problem as a result of McAllen “signed a catastrophe declaration” to place “up a short lived emergency shelter to supply an area — to create an remoted house to mitigate this challenge” together with utilizing Title 42 and giving PPE to detained migrants.

To see the related transcript from August 5’s briefing, click on right here.


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