White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki deflected growing criticism surrounding the Biden administration’s handling of rising crime Thursday; bizarrely asserting that a main factor behind gun violence is “the rise of gun violence.”
“The President gave an entire speech on it… A big driver in the rise of crime is gun violence. That’s a personal passion of his for decades,” said Psaki.
“He also called for an increase of $753 million to federal law enforcement agencies, that includes the ATF!” she added.
Violent crime rates are up roughly 30% across the United States since the COVID pandemic shutdown the country in March 2020.
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BACKLASH: Press Sec Says ‘You Took President’s Comments Out of Context’ on Executive Actions
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki continued to deflect criticism Thursday of President Biden’s flurry of Executive Actions; telling reporters “you took the President’s comments a bit out of context.”
“I’m trying to reconcile this… Because he said there was limitations on the use of Executive Actions… Does this suggest that Biden sees himself as a benevolent dictator?” asked one reporter.
“I think you took the president’s comments a bit out of context…,” said the Press Secretary.
.@PressSec is asked how President Biden reconciles his record number of executive orders with his comments on the campaign trail saying that you need consensus to govern or you're a dictatorship:
"I think you took the president's comments a bit out of context…" pic.twitter.com/ACw33wM9aH
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 28, 2021
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BIDEN SWINGS BY CHICAGO: President Briefly Meets with Mayor Lightfoot as Crime Surges
From Fox News:
The president, on his way to an event in McHenry County, Illinois – where he’s making the case for the infrastructure deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House – was greeted by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, both Democrats, as he deplaned Air Force One at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
The meeting came after more than 100 people were shot and 19 killed over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, the city’s most violent weekend this year. And LIghtfoot has come under increasing pressure to take action.
Lightfoot campaigned for mayor as a public safety expert and on Tuesday vowed that “we are doing absolutely everything that we can to stem the violence.” But the city council and neighborhood officials are growing restless.
Biden’s stop in Chicago came hours after two federal agents and a Chicago police officer were shot early Wednesday while on duty in an unmarked law enforcement vehicle on the city’s Far South Side.
After the meeting, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that “during a greet with Mayor Lightfoot on the airport tarmac, President Biden expressed his personal support for the two ATF officials and the Chicago police officer who were shot earlier today. He reiterated his commitment to working with the Mayor and leaders in Chicago in the fight against gun violence and conveyed that the Department of Justice would soon be in touch about the strike force announced just a few weeks ago that will be working with cities like Chicago.”
Read the full report here.