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Karine Jean-Pierre Denies Jen Psaki Said That ‘Crime Is A Huge Vulnerability For Democrats’



Karine Jean-Pierre

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre denied that her predecessor, Jen Psaki, said that crime is a “huge vulnerability” for Democrats during midterm elections and deflected questions on the topic by discussing “Medicare and Social Security.”

“[Former White House Press Secretary] Jen Psaki says that crime is a ‘huge vulnerability’ for Democrats. Why would she say that?” a reporter asked.

“I can’t do electoral politics from here, as you know.  But I kind of — I don’t agree with your characterization of what she actually said,” Jean-Pierre said, even though Psaki said verbatim that “crime is a huge vulnerability for Democrats.”

Jean-Pierre continued, “But I’ll say this, and I’ve already I’ve already said this already: The past few months, what we’ve been able to do is create a pretty much clear split screen of what we are doing to deliver for the American people and what Republicans refuse to do.”

“We are making sure that — that we have Medicare and Social Security, and we make sure that the Big Pharma is not upping costs for our seniors — right? — and making sure that we give them a little bit of breathing room,” she added.

Jean-Pierre’s comments come the day after Psaki admitted in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with anchor Chuck Todd that Democrats would lose the midterm elections if the focus was on President Biden and warned that “crime is a huge vulnerability for Democrats.”

“Look, I think that Democrats — if the election is about who is the most extreme, as we saw, you know, Kevin McCarthy touch on there with Marjorie Taylor Greene, I’ll say her name, sitting over his left side, then they’re going to win,” Psaki said. “If it is a referendum on the president, they will lose.”

“Crime is a huge vulnerability for Democrats,” Psaki continued. “I would say one of the biggest vulnerabilities. And if you look at Pennsylvania, for example, what’s been interesting to me is it’s always you follow the money, and where are people spending money. And in Pennsylvania, the Republicans have been spending millions of dollars on the air on crime ads against [Democrat John] Fetterman because that’s where they see his vulnerability.”

“So, yes, the economy is hanging over everything,” Psaki concluded. “But you do have to look at state by state factors. And crime is a huge issue in the Pennsylvania race.”

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