There’s no way Jen Psaki survives this one.
The White House Press Secretary faced backlash on Wednesday over her misleading attack on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ efforts to get his state vaccinated, with critics saying that her attack was nothing more than an attempt to deflect from President Joe Biden’s struggles to get the pandemic under control.
Psaki commented on a clip posted by a leftist Twitter account that sought to portray DeSantis’ remarks in a negative light while excluding the overwhelming majority of what he actually said.
The following are just a few of the responses that Psaki’s tweet elicited online:
The Florida Republican Party:
.@PressSec, Florida hospital directors say @GovRonDeSantis was 100% right to prioritize vaccines to #seniorsfirst––it saved lives. #COVID19 hospitalization stays are shorter, monoclonal treatments are working, & there's been a significant reduction in mortality rates since 2020. https://t.co/Ge5AqG4Oec
— Florida GOP (@FloridaGOP) August 4, 2021
Dana Loesch, political commentator and gun rights activist:
McAllen, TX was declared a disaster area due to the admin’s insistence on maintaining an unsecured border and the potential problems posed by third party tested COVID positive illegal entrants. https://t.co/bAAVStSyzy https://t.co/tvmlWHx5k8
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 4, 2021
Sam Nunberg, top former adviser to Donald Trump:
Great job elevating @RonDeSantisFL so Americans can start comparing an articulate, vibrant patriot who is managing the top state in the Union against the bumbling, geriatric failure you call boss. https://t.co/Rw3AyUY1xn
— Sam Nunberg (@NunbergSam) August 4, 2021
John Cooper, Communications Director at the Heritage Foundation:
The Biden administration is literally releasing thousands of COVID-positive illegal aliens into U.S. border towns cities every week.
Spare the fake outrage over your own disastrous policies. https://t.co/BELMDuWlPh
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) August 4, 2021
Matt Whitlock, Republican political strategist
Jen Psaki has spent most of the last 2 weeks frantically trying to undo the damage of the CDC’s disastrous messaging on the Delta spike.
They clearly see DeSantis as a better scapegoat to change the subject from their own failures. https://t.co/BiBXK2GARZ
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 4, 2021
Michele Perez Exner, communications coordinator for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy:
Bryan Dean Wright, Democrat and former CIA officer:
The Biden Regime is sending COVID+ illegal immigrants into Florida and has the audacity to say this: https://t.co/w7uMmAzUKd
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) August 4, 2021
Mike Cernovich, political commentator and filmmaker:“
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 4, 2021
Jerry Dunleavy, reporter:
Also, again – DeSantis has been recommending that people get vaccinated from the very start. There was a big invented scandal way back in **April** about DeSantis's efforts in early **January** to get people vaccinated. He's been on TV talking about vaccinations for many months.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 4, 2021
Emma-Jo Morris, reporter:
Roughly 1 million people have illegally entered the country since February — we don’t know who they are or where they came from, let alone their COVID status — and the Washington Post reported *yesterday* that the White House will *start* vaccinating them soon. https://t.co/agcRD1oKCv
— Emma-Jo Morris (@EmmaJoNYC) August 4, 2021
Other responses included:
I’m sorry, I don’t see DeSantis anywhere in these clips. But your boss and the Border Czar (who you’ve been planting hit pieces on) are both featured prominently here.pic.twitter.com/7naGYLd0t9 https://t.co/xpkqhWydVh
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) August 4, 2021
Hit a nerve huh. https://t.co/IMBsjqKf2v
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 4, 2021
I’m sure he’ll circle back to give ya’ll another beat down. https://t.co/vgoyxnQ0lZ
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) August 4, 2021
DeSantis has championed vaccination, especially among the most vulnerable — for which he was attacked and smeared.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) August 4, 2021
Notice how she won’t address the border? DeSantis is right.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) August 4, 2021
At the beginning of the year, there was a "scandal" about DeSantis making the vaccine as widely available as possible, including in Publix stores. He's been doing this longer than you've been in office. https://t.co/R2AEOs0aks
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) August 4, 2021
Author: Elizabeth Tierney