On Wednesday, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre if the administration considers voting Republican to be a “threat to democracy.”
“Following up on your comment that there is an alarming number of Republicans who are saying they’re not gonna accept election results, does that mean that President Biden thinks it is a threat to democracy if somebody votes Republican?” Doocy asked Jean-Pierre.
“No, that’s a ridiculous question, no,” she awkwardly shot back.
“Why is that a ridiculous question?” Doocy asked her.
“Because the American people should have their right to vote for whomever they want. Voting is a sacred right, it is something that the president wants to protect at every turn, and he has done that. He has taken actions to protect the right to vote… We are talking about mega-MAGA Republican officials who have been very clear about this, who say they are pro-police but then are also pro-insurrectionist. You cannot be pro-police and pro-insurrectionist. Who also say they want to defund the FBI. That is a problem.” Jean-Pierre shot back, somewhat incoherently.
Democrats and the White House have consistently warned against candidates who allegedly question the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, labeling those who identify as Make America Great Again (MAGA) Republicans a “threat to democracy” ahead of the midterm elections.
Elections which most political observers believe will go badly for Democrats.
Doocy then questioned whether Democrats and Republicans should be held equally accountable for denying election results.
Jean-Pierre responded by claiming that President Biden would call out ‘rhetoric’ that seems to threaten political violence, something he hasn’t yet consistently done towards figures affiliated with both parties.
The Fox News reporter pressed Jean-Pierre on whether the country is still a democracy when Republicans control at least one chamber of Congress.
“The president is optimistic, you know this, Peter. He is an optimistic person, and he understands that there are a majority of Americans out there who do not believe in denying an election. Who believe in actually protecting our democracy. There’s a majority of Americans who believe in strengthening our democracy…” she went on to say.