A reporter attending Friday’s White House press briefing has earned national scorn after trying to equate the domestic terrorists and insurrectionists who engaged in the January 6 attempted coup that led to more than five deaths and caused about 150 Capitol Police to be injured, with the loosely organized anti-fascism movement known as Antifa.
“I think a lot of people want to know how does this administration define the term ‘domestic terrorist’?” the reporter, whose identity is currently unknown, asked.
“In what way?” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki generously and patiently asked.
“Does that include Antifa? Specifically, what, how do you set those parameters for domestic terrorists especially as we see, you know a lot of focus on the January 6, maybe not as much focus on some of the extremism and violence in the north, the Northwest,” she sputtered.
“Well, I’ve answered a version of this question a couple times before,” Psaki replied, gently encouraging the fledgling reporter to do her homework before entering the hallowed room, “but I know everybody’s not in the briefing room every day. The reason we have the [domestic violent extremism] review – which is not a political review – but is a review done by our national security team, something tasked again to take a review of domestic violent extremism, will cover incidents, across the board.”
Many responded on social media, few were as gracious as the press secretary.
WhY wOn’T JoE bIdEn CaLl AnTiFa “tErRoRiSts” pic.twitter.com/QXht2jCRZo
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 5, 2021
Antifa are literally a bunch of loosely organized groups of anti-fascists who show up when neo-Nazis show up and sometimes physically fight them. But for the right, ANTI-fascist and anti-racist groups are literally the greatest enemy and bogeyman. It’s really quite telling…
— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) February 5, 2021
She doesn’t even know who she after that smack.
— idking (@AnIdiotKing) February 5, 2021
Note to editors: please send better people.
— Voting, masks, testing & tracing matter (@BumphBean) February 5, 2021
Here is the OTHER pendeja. Fucking racist because she’s trying to deflect away from the white Supremacist domestic terrorists with a false equivalency about the mythical “antifa”. https://t.co/lOmJTaGDVt
— DeMarcus Gilliard (@semperdiced) February 5, 2021
Watching the White House briefing and I presume the previous female reporter was from a right wing outlet. It’s remarkable how fixated the right is on “Antifa” (short for “anti-fascists) — and how defensive, even protective they are about white nationalists…
— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) February 5, 2021
😭😭 never seen someone try to make false equivalencies so badly https://t.co/nWRv8MbT5C
— ᥴ᥊ (@ventresstano) February 5, 2021
White House press secretary Jen Psaki very impressively just seemed to hold back a laughing fit after being asked how the admin defines domestic terrorism after Capitol attack — and if that includes “Antifa”.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) February 5, 2021
Reporters ask about “antifa” which is six stoned college kids in 3 dorms in 2 states who hate nazis. But they never ask about armed Militia who took state houses and tried to kidnap and kill a governor but “last summer” which is code for huge lines of peaceful BLM protesters. https://t.co/TTkj86uLnU
— Rabid Badger (@RabidBadger) February 5, 2021
DEAR GOD. I know that a man did shoot and kill someone in PDX, but “antifa” does not kill people, they are not a violent, terrorist org, unlike fascists. Yes, dumpster fires and graffiti have happened. THAT IS NOT TERRORISM. https://t.co/kLdQ3TlFk7
— AmyD (@amydipa) February 5, 2021
— Connie😷💙🇺🇸 #resist (@blondi777) February 5, 2021
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‘Well Peter, There Was a Global Pandemic’: Psaki Socks Doocy for Not Grasping How World Events Affect Inflation
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is no longer holding back her frustration to chaos agents and propagandists in her briefing room.
Fox News propagandist Peter Doocy on Thursday continued his false framing and intentional disregard of how world events affect economic conditions and inflation.
Psaki was forced to inform Doocy that there’s “no question that when a foreign dictator invades a foreign country, and when that foreign dictator is the head of a country that is the third-largest supplier of oil in the world, that that is going to have an impact.”
Ignoring that basic fact, Doocy continued, this time grossly politicizing world events.
“The President’s statement blames the ‘Putin price hike.’ Are you guys just gonna start blaming Putin for everything until the midterms?”
“Well, we’ve seen the price of gas go up at least 75 cents since President Putin lined up troops on the border of Ukraine,” Psaki replied.
Doocy continued to put his inability to understand on full display.
“Last month, the statement didn’t mention the ‘Putin price hike.’ It mentioned inflation because of the pandemic. Why is that?” Doocy asked.
“Well, Peter last year, last two years, there was a global pandemic. Everyone who’s a – global economists have all agreed that this has been the biggest contributor to date of inflation because of the impact on the supply chain. Obviously, global events impact the economy, the global economy, as well as global inflation and the price hikes as a result that have escalated over the course of time of President Putin’s further invasion of the impact on the global oil markets are of course having an impact.”
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy: “Are you going to start blaming Putin for everything until the midterms?” pic.twitter.com/ihuFi1DxT6
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) March 10, 2022
‘Whole Case Is a Mess’: Internet Stunned as Judge Lets Rittenhouse Choose Final Jurors in Raffle System
Controversial Judge Bruce Schroeder allowed Kyle Rittenhouse, on trial for shooting three people and killing two of them with an AR-15 assault weapon he had illegally obtained and carried across state lines, with literally having a hand in choosing the twelve jurors who will now decide his fate.
Judge Schroder has been under fire for what many see as extraordinary deference to Rittenhouse, some even say support of Rittenhouse. Others have noted his cell phone ring tone is the same song as Donald Trump’s campaign theme song, and others still were offended by at least one offhand “joke” Schroder made. Trial watchers were also stunned when Schroder falsely claimed zooming in on a photo as millions of people do daily to enlarge it is “so-called scientific evidence.” And others were disturbed by Schroeder’s very public attacks on the prosecutor.
18 jurors sat through the entire trial, but only 12, as is customary, will decide the case.
“At the direction of Circuit Judge Bruce Schroder,” the Associated Press reports Tuesday afternoon, “Rittenhouse’s attorney placed slips of paper into a raffle drum with the numbers of each of the 18 jurors on it who sat through the two-week trial. The drum had been sitting on a window ledge throughout the trial but was placed in front of Rittenhouse at the defense table Tuesday.”
“Rittenhouse then selected six pieces of paper from the drum, who a court official then read aloud to be dismissed: 11, 58, 14, 45, 9 and 52.”
The remaining 12 will deliberate the case.
Correction: He randomly drew six numbers: 11, 58, 14, 45, 9, 52
Those are the six alternates for the case. #RittenhouseTrial
— Andrew Havranek (@Andrew_Havranek) November 16, 2021
“I’ve never heard of a defendant pulling the names,” Portage County Assistant District Attorney Robert Jambois told the AP. “That’s done by a member of the court.”
Not in this case, which has deviated from general norms repeatedly.
Former Milwaukee County assistant district attorney Julius Kim told the AP, “I’ve never seen a judge allow a defendant to draw those names. That might be a little unconventional but there’s nothing wrong with it that I could really see.”
On social media many were stunned.
I thought this was snark until I read the article. “At the direction of Circuit Judge Bruce Schroder, Rittenhouse’s attorney placed slips of paper into a raffle drum” pic.twitter.com/hHkaBj313l
— cindy_momo’4 (@cindymomo4) November 16, 2021
Are you fucking kidding me right now? When will this judge be removed from the bench? #RittenhouseTrial
Judge lets Kyle Rittenhouse choose from raffle drum which jurors will decide his fate – Newsweek https://t.co/4A9EzKP59X
— TutuGigi (@MokuMakani) November 16, 2021
he’s drawing papers out of a raffle drum so it’s mostly just the judge doing an open “fuck you” to anyone who thinks he’s being too preferential to Rittenhouse, rubbing it in
— Max (@ApplyNoRules) November 16, 2021
A “game” at a homicide trial – where the defendant appears as the contestant and reaches into a raffle barrel – deserves an explanation:
How the Rittenhouse jury was narrowed #kylerittenhouse #rittenhouse #homicide #homicidetrial https://t.co/Ezcpp4Zqv1
— Todd McDermott (@wpbf_todd) November 16, 2021
not the Judge allowing Kyle Rittenhouse to choose jurors by raffle… this whole case is a mess.
— kharizma. (@kharizma_88) November 16, 2021
Next: Judge Schroder lets Kyle Rittenhouse choose his fate from a raffle drum marked with verdicts ranging from “Not Guilty” to “Innocent as Hell.”https://t.co/3s7G8joHR1
— Vs. (@JFD8) November 16, 2021
Watch: NBC News Reporter Blames President Biden for ‘Profane’ Right Wing ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Attacks
NBC News’ Peter Alexander on Friday appeared to blame President Joe Biden for the extreme right’s profane and vulgar attacks which are masked by the code phrase “Let’s Go Brandon.”
The phrase actually means “F*ck Joe Biden,” but Alexander blamed the President for its usage and popularity among the right.
“Across this country, we’ve seen this new phenomenon lately chanted at sporting events and on signs. The phrase is ‘Let’s Go Brandon,’ and is sort of code for a profane slogan attacking President Biden. What does the President make of that?” Alexander asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on her first day back from battling a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
“I don’t think he spends much time focused on it or thinking about it,” she replied.
But Alexander sought fit to press his question, insisting that somehow President Biden was to blame, asking if he should be doing things differently, given that one of Biden’s “primary promises” was “to help bring Americans together.”
“The president said when he came into office on Inauguration Day,” Alexander began again, “he said he was going to help get rid of the uncivil war in this country. So I guess through that lens right now, does the President think there’s things that he can do differently? Or how does he react to the stuff he sees out there when it is one of his primary promises or desires to help bring Americans together?”
Psaki made clear it’s a two-way street.
“Well, it takes two to move towards a more civil engagement discourse in this country and the President’s going to continue to operate, as you said, from the promise he made early on which is that he wants to govern for all Americans. He’s going to deliver for all Americans as is evidenced by the infrastructure bill that he’s going to sign on Monday. That’s going to help expand broadcast – broadband – to everyone, no matter your political party, no matter whether you voted for him or not. That’s going to replace lead pipes, make sure kids have clean drinking water, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican or not political at all. That’s how he’s going to govern. And certainly we’re hopeful we’ll have partners to move toward more civil discourse with in the future. Thank you. Thanks.”
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 12, 2021
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