It’s truly hard to imagine anyone with the fire, grace, and fierceness that we saw out of Jen Psaki during her time as the Biden White House Press Secretary. But let me tell you, Paski’s successor, Karine Jean-Pierre, has filled those shoes perfectly.
Recently, we had the pleasure of witnessing Jean-Pierre absolutely, brutally shutting down anti-abortion reporter Owen Jensen with Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), after Jensen made a complete and utter ass out of himself during today’s White House press briefing — shouting over and rudely cutting off his colleagues in an effort to scream and shout at Jean-Pierre about the Hyde Amendment, the law that prohibits the use of federal funding for abortion procedures.
In recent days, President Biden signed an executive order into effect that protects abortion access in the US, just two weeks following the highly controversial dismantling of Roe V. Wade with a 5-4 decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
On the heels of Biden’s order, Jean-Pierre briefed White House reporters alongside the Director of the White House Gender Policy Council, Jen Klein.
As you can imagine, pretty much every reporter in the press room during this particular briefing was chock full of questions regarding abortion rights in these unprecedented times. However, it was only Jensen (who’s had many a run-in with Psaki in the past over the same thing) who wouldn’t keep his mouth shut, be respectful, and wait his turn.
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The EWTN reported repeatedly interrupted his fellow White House reporters during the lines of questioning to bark about the Hyde Amendment, attempting to cite a recent claim by Sen. Marc Rubio, who said that federal workers receiving paid leave during their travels to seek out abortion care would be a violation of this law.
Jean-Pierre attempted multiple times to ignore Jensen’s childish and downright rude behavior, but she eventually had enough. Per Mediaite:
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead.
Q So, ma’am, pro-life Americans — one question.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Sir, you’re being rude.
Q Pro-life Americans —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Sir, you’re being rude to your colleagues.
Q All the questions you’re taking are pro-abortion. So let me ask you this question.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Excuse me —
Q Senator Marco Rubio —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Go ahead, Caitlin.
Q — is demanding —
Q Two questions.
Q — the federal government not provide sick leave to federal employees who travel to get abortions. Should — he says that would violate the Hyde Amendment. So, what’s your response to it?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Sir, take a seat in the back. You’re being rude to your colleagues and our guest.
Go ahead, Caitlin.
Q Two questions.
Q I’m not (inaudible). I can stand right here and ask my questions (inaudible).
Q The President —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Sir, please. Please.
Q I can ask my question. She doesn’t want to answer it.
Even after getting his ass handed to him, Jensen made sure to slip in one last rude, childish jab as Klein wrapped up the presser, shouting, “Will you take any questions from a pro-life American audience at all? No? You’ll just walk away? Okay.”
See the briefing here:
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