Earlier today, the White House issued a disgusting statement on the Columbus, Ohio, officer-involved shooting death of Ma’Khia Bryant, failing to acknowledge some known facts about the case, including that Bryant was seen with a knife in her hand preparing to lunge at her intended victim.
They also insinuated, without evidence, that racism was a factor, effectively throwing gasoline on an already raging fire.
Unfortunately, the White House’s dodging of the inconvenient facts that we know so far about the case was not the only instance during today’s briefing where Press Secretary Jen Psaki tap-danced around an uncomfortable, racially charged issue. But the one I’m about to describe might ultimately prove to be the more embarrassing of the two.
As the briefing was winding down, the New York Post’s Steven Nelson got his turn to ask a few questions of Psaki, and one of them revolved around comments Biden made about so-called “systemic racism” during his speech yesterday on the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict.
Considering how Biden’s handlers have been on a desperate mission to make him appear as “woke” as a 78-year-old white career politician who once openly bragged about working with segregationist senators could possibly be, Nelson’s question was a masterful turn of the tables – effectively putting the administration on the hot seat with no good answer with which to counter.
Here’s the transcript:
Nelson: President Biden, yesterday, responding to George — the George Flord [sic]– Floyd case verdict, said that George Floyd’s death, quote, “ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism” in the United States. But he is an architect of multiple federal laws in the 1980s and ’90s that disproportionately jailed Black people and contributed to what many people see as systemic racism.
The activist Cornel West said that Biden is, quote, one of the “core architects” of mass incarceration, and that, quote, “I think that Biden is going to have to take responsibility and to acknowledge the contribution” he made to mass incarceration.
To what extent does President Biden acknowledge his own role in systemic racism, and how does that inform his current policy positions?
Psaki: Well, I would say that the President is — one of the President’s core objectives is addressing racial injustice in this country not just through his rhetoric, but through his actions. And what anyone should look to is his advocacy for passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, for nominating leaders to the Department of Justice to address long-outdated policies, and to ask his team — leadership team here in the White House to prioritize these issues in his presidency, which is current and today and not from 30 years ago.
Nelson: Does he believe it’s important to accept his own culpability in setting up a system —
Psaki: I think I’ve answered your question.
Visibly flustered, she quickly moved on to the next reporter. Watch the exchange below, via MRC-TV:
Though I saw some of the Usual Suspects on the Left whine that this was supposedly a silly “gotcha” question from Nelson, it’s actually a very good one. Biden was hammered as a presidential candidate about his 1994 crime bill, including by his then-opponent-now-Vice-President Kamala Harris. And throughout the campaign, he never directly answered for it.
Now, here he (and Psaki) is trying to present himself as some sort of bold “leader” when it comes to understanding “systemic racism” even though some of the very same liberals who enthusiastically support him now previously accused him of being a major enabler of many of the injustices activists say black defendants have faced in the criminal justice system over the last several decades.
Joe Biden is not “woke.” He is, however, a powerful proxy for the radical agenda “woke” leftists are trying to implement in this country, which is arguably worse than being a “woke” president (like Obama) who knows exactly what he’s doing. Oh, but I did hear that Biden stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, which, as I understand it, does make him an “expert” on racial matters or something.
(Hat tip: Curtis Houck at Newsbusters)