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Jen Psaki stops Fox reporter in his tracks for asking if Biden will “apologize” to Rittenhouse

Jen Psaki stops Fox reporter in his tracks for asking if Biden will “apologize” to Rittenhouse

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The regular interactions between White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and the Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy have become so legendary that some TV network could probably make a lot of money by signing up the pair to star in a new sitcom.

The near-daily repartee between the two usually begins with a baited or loaded question from Doocy followed by an answer from Psaki that exposes the fallacy behind the proffered inquiry, sometimes leavened with gentle humor or more saucy sarcasm, that fans of the Biden administration love to replay in their minds as examples of the perfect comeback in political discussions.

Psaki and Doocy were at it again today when the Fox News reporter queried whether President Biden would apologize to the now-acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse for linking the Kenosha killer to white supremacy during campaign appearances last year.

The Press Secretary wasted no time putting Biden’s words into context and turning Doocy’s question into an embarrassing reminder of Donald Trump’s behavior when it comes to commenting on white supremacy and the MAGA followers who subscribe to the hateful and condemnable ideology.

“This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump’s own words during a debate as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups,” Psaki replied to Doocy’s search for an apology. “And President Trump, as you know… didn’t just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency.”

Having established a link between Trump and the encouragement of vigilante militias, Psaki then applied that lesson to the motives of Kyle Rittenhouse when he crossed state lines to supposedly defend property at risk from BLM marchers demonstrating against the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

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“What we’ve seen are the tragic consequences of that, when people think it’s OK to take the law into their own hands instead of allowing law enforcement to do its job, and the president believes in condemning hatred, division, and violence. That’s exactly what was done in that video.”” Psaki explained.

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While Doocy was not satisfied with the Press Secretary’s reply, continuing to push for an apology that apparently won’t be arriving anytime soon, Psaki shut him down again by referring to Biden’s comments on the verdict last week and moved onto the next journalist.

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You can watch today’s episode of  “Paski Bombs” in the video excerpt below.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect statement that Kyle Rittenhouse carried an AR-15 across state lines before killing his victims. In fact, while Rittenhouse himself crossed a state line on his way to Wisconsin from Illinois, according to prosecutors he picked up his weapon where it was stored in Wisconsin and did not bring it with him when he crossed the state border.

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Original reporting by Brad Reed at Raw Story.

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Vinnie Longobardo
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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