White House refuses to comment on arrest of golfer Scottie Scheffler

 May 20, 2024

Golfer Scottie Scheffler made headlines last week when he was arrested after attempting to drive around the scene of a fatal accident.

Although Scheffler is now facing charges that could get him 10 years in prison, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had little to say about it. 

Doocy asks White House press secretary about Scheffler's case

"What does President Biden think about the world’s number one golfer, Scottie Scheffler, being cuffed and hauled in for a mugshot for what appears to be a misunderstanding at a traffic stop?" The Daily Caller quoted Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy as asking Jean-Pierre on Friday.

"So I've seen the reports of Mr. Scheffler’s arrest," Jean-Pierre answered. "I just want to say that our hearts go out to the individual that was killed…"

When Doocy asserted that the White House press secretary's comment was "unrelated" she pushed back, saying, "No, let me finish."

"In the auto accident that preceded his arrest, obviously, someone did die. Someone was killed [in the crash that] preceded his arrest, that obviously he was not involved in," Jean-Pierre said.

"So, I want to make sure that we share our condolences to that family and their loved ones. Anything else, specifics to his arrest, that would be something for local authorities to speak to," she declared.

Doocy brings up effort to reclassify marijuana

Doocy then referenced a recent push by the president to reclassify marijuana under federal law because "too many lives have been upended because of a failed approach to" the drug.

"I think, you guys have spent a good chunk of this week talking about how you don’t want anybody to ever go to jail again for possessing marijuana," Doocy remarked.

"Do you think that somebody who was involved in what appears to be a misunderstanding at a traffic stop should be facing ten years in prison?" he asked.

"We have seen the reports, there’s a process there," Jean-Pierre replied. "We have to let the legal authorities go to their process and how this all works."

Barack Obama would opine on local controversies

"I can't comment from here, from the lectern, about something that's being looked into by local authorities," she insisted.

Jean-Pierre's reticence to discuss Scheffler's case stood in sharp contrast to the way in which former President Barack Obama would sometimes opine on local controversies.

In 2009, Obama complained that police behaved "stupidly" when they detained African American Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. What's more, the president said four years later that Trevon Martin might resemble the son he never had.

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