The attention that the southern border crisis has received is a “maddening” distraction from President Joe Biden’s agenda, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki complained Thursday.
In an interview with fellow Obama administration chum David Axelrod, Psaki once again dismissed the idea that a “crisis” is underway and mocked those who are distressed by the ongoing emergency, Breitbart reported.
Biden and the border
Speaking with Axelrod, Psaki called the surge an “important issue” but otherwise did not leave the impression that it is on Biden’s radar in any meaningful sense — not that he was doing a great job of that himself. The press secretary justified Biden’s failure to visit the border by claiming that Americans simply aren’t that concerned with immigration.
“What percentage of the public is focused on the border?” she asked, according to Breitbart. “A much smaller percentage than who’s focused on the pandemic and the economy. So that may be maddening, but, you know, that’s what we try to do.”
Axelrod sympathized with Psaki and suggested that the media is playing a cynical “game” by trying to get the White House to acknowledge the crisis.
Psaki heartily agreed and joked that the crisis is being fabricated by a salacious media. “White House in crisis,” the spokeswoman said, in a mocking tone.
She said she was “pushed and pushed and pushed” to call it a crisis, but she “didn’t want to feed into” the pressure.
Later in her talk, Psaki stuck closely to the White House talking points, referring to the border crisis as a “challenge” and a recurring trend that is being driven by deeply entrenched “root causes” in Central America.
“Our calculation on that front is one, this is cyclical, we’ve seen surges at the border, every time it happens, it’s bad, until we do something to address it over the long term with root causes, immigration reform, it’s going to keep happening,” she said, according to Breitbart.
While critics say the crisis is self-inflicted, the White House has responded by simultaneously denying there is a crisis at all while blaming it on Donald Trump and the so-called “root causes” that Psaki mentioned, like poverty and climate change.
However, few Americans are buying this propaganda. Polls show a majority of voters blame President Biden for the current mess, which would explain the White House’s reluctance to confront it.
As Americans wonder why Biden still hasn’t been to the border, it might interest Psaki to know that many find his gaslighting on the crisis “maddening.” Not that she cares.