White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki went toe to toe with Fox News hack Peter Doocy once again today. Over the past several months the two have developed something of an adversarial relationship, with Doocy constantly trying to land gotcha questions and extract soundbites for his conservative network by lobbing questions loaded down with right-wing talking points day after day.
Today, Doocy asked if the administration has considered if Biden may have created some “vaccine hesitancy” through comments he made while Trump was still in the White House last year. The hypocrisy inherent to an agent of a network that continues to pump out antivaccine propaganda talking about “vaccine hesitancy” was apparently lost on Doocy. Should he truly wish to get to the bottom of the ongoing difficulties getting every American to vaccinate he need only turn on Fox News.
“As the president tries to reach unvaccinated Americans has there been any thought given looking back to the possibility that he may have created some vaccine hesitancy when last year around this time the previous administration was rushing to get a vaccine authorized and the now-president said ‘I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump and at this moment the American people can’t either,”” said Doocy.
“Well I think it’s safe to say he still doesn’t trust Donald Trump so that hasn’t changed,” responded Psaki. “But he does trust scientists. He does trust data experts and he does trust the people leading the CDC, the FDA—which is the gold standard of approval for vaccines. I’d also note, because this question often comes up, that the president has repeatedly given credit to scientists and experts from the prior administration even as recently as a few weeks ago for their role in moving the vaccine forward.”
“Yes, but at the time when Donald Trump is out there saying ‘We’re gonna have a vaccine in the next couple weeks, next couple months’ and Joe Biden is out on the campaign trail saying ‘Don’t trust Donald Trump.’ Did that create any kind of vaccine hesitancy?” asked Doocy.
“Not that we’ve seen in the data. I would note that at the time, just for context, the former president was also suggesting people inject versions of poison into their veins to cure COVID. So, I think that’s a relevant point,” said Psaki, referring to Trump’s infamous suggestion that injecting disinfectant might cure COVID-19.
"I would note that at the time, just for context, the former president was also suggesting people inject versions of poison into their veins to cure Covid" — Jen Psaki to Peter Doocy pic.twitter.com/qdnySKMR3B
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 11, 2021
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