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(FreedomWire.org) – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged a question about whether President Joe Biden supported reparations for slavery Tuesday.

“We understand that there’s a legislation on the Hill currently on this, on the study of reparations … and we think Congress is the appropriate venue for consideration on such action,” Jean-Pierre said in response to a reporter’s question during Tuesday’s White House press briefing. “And so, we’re going to leave it there for Congress to decide to let them go through their process that they’re taking at this moment, but I would — I would lay out and speak to what the president has done.” 

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas introduced legislation, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act or HR 40, to study reparations Jan. 9. A similar bill, also introduced by Jackson-Lee, was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee on April 14, 2021.

President Joe Biden said during the 2020 presidential campaign that he supported a commission on reparations, Politico reported, however, after Jackson-Lee’s bill was voted on by the House Judiciary Committee, Biden did not push it during a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of a race riot targeting blacks in Tulsa in June 2021. Jean-Pierre said at the time that Biden backed a reparations committee, but felt the priority was to “root out systemic racism,” according to Politico.

San Francisco approved a draft of a plan to provide $5 million payments to black residents who met at least two criteria as a means of providing reparations for slavery Mar. 14. The criteria in the proposal included serving time for drug crimes or those affected by a 1954-1973 urban renewal plan.

Biden signed an executive order establishing “Agency Equity Teams” Feb 16, a follow up to an order he signed on his first day in office. Among the provisions in that executive order is a requirement to ensure that the use of artificial intelligence by government “advanced equity.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Reporters snap back at  White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday after she told them they would have the opportunity to ask President Biden questions from the press pool at an upcoming meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The exchange happened during the daily White House press briefing after Jean-Pierre was questioned over why there was not a joint press conference scheduled between Biden and Varadkar, who is set to visit Washington, D.C., on Friday.

“Can you say why not and whether that might be added to the schedule tomorrow? This is kind of becoming a pattern with a lot of the world leaders who are coming to the White House,” a reporter asked Jean-Pierre.

“I’ve spoken to this many times… I’ve brought it up many times and I gave an explanation that these are diplomatic conversations that happen with the countries that are visiting, and it is something that is decided in that way,” Jean-Pierre responded.

“You’re going to have an opportunity, or your colleagues are going to have an opportunity, to ask questions during the pool spray at the Oval that happens every time a head of state visits. So that is an opportunity to be able to pose a question to the president or the head of state that is visiting at the White House on that day,” she added.

Reporters immediately started pushing back, with one saying, “But he never answers questions during those periods,” referring to Biden.

“That’s not true. He’s answered questions,” Jean-Pierre responded.

The room then erupted, with one reporter saying they get “yelled at” when they try to ask questions, and another saying reporters get “shouted down” by members of the White House staff whenever they try to ask questions.

Jean-Pierre attempted to speak, but continued getting peppered with complaints from the reporters.

“I hear you guys. I hear you guys. I hear you guys,” she finally said, chuckling. “Look, the two-plus-two is something that is done in coordination with the country that is visiting. That is not something that is unilaterally decided. That is something that is in discussion with the other country.”

She avoided directly answering the reporters’ concerns over Biden not answering questions, and reiterated that they would have an “opportunity” to ask questions of the two leaders on Friday.

“I cannot speak to who is going to take questions or who is not going to take questions.” she said. “As you know, this is a president that takes shouted questions often, but the two-plus-two is not a unilateral decision. It is a decision that happens with the visiting country in coordination with them.”

Biden, however, didn’t answer questions during the meeting with the Irish Prime Minister. He instead sat there smirking while reporters were again asked to leave.

Reporters are becoming more and more frustrated with Biden refusing to take questions when he is done speaking. He finishes reading the teleprompter and turns and just walks away.

(FreedomWire.org) – Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tripped up her words Thursday during a briefing, apparently forgetting that Joe Biden is president. Instead, she referred to the Commander in Chief as “President Obama.” Was it wishful thinking on her part—a Freudian slip?

Jean-Pierre’s slip came as she announced that the president had nominated former MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga to lead the World Bank.

“So today, as you all saw just an hour or so ago, President Obama announced that — um, pardon me, President Biden!” Kean-Pierre quickly corrected herself amid gasps and laughter from the White House press corps.

“Whoa! Ahem, that is news,” she said. “I know, I know. We’re going back, not forwards. We got to go forward.”

Jean-Pierre, is a longtime adviser to Biden dating back to his time as Obama’s vice president.

Many people think Obama and his team have been running things behind the scenes anyway, so perhaps that’s what caused the gaffe.

Or maybe it was just wishful thinking on KJP’s part? I’m betting she’d rather be working for Obama than playing clean-up on Aisle Biden every day for a living. Whatever you think about Barack, he was a smooth-talker who rarely garbled the language the way Joe does each and every day.

Plus, he would actually take questions and even give in-person briefings, taking some of the heat off the press secretary.

Jean-Pierre is not alone, Biden himself is also famously known for flubs. He has repeatedly called Vice President Kamala Harris the president , including as recently as last month.

The president was making remarks on immigration at the White House in January when he singled out Harris.

“President Harris led this effort — led this effort to make things better in the countries from which they are leaving,” Biden said.

The commander-in-chief made similar blunders in October, calling Harris a “great president,” and last January, when he referred to his second-in-command as “President Harris.”

The flubs date back to December 2020, shortly after the Biden-Harris ticket won the presidential election when Biden called his running mate “President-elect Harris.”

Biden himself doesn’t sound like he believes he’s in charge.

(FreedomWire) – A batch of classified documents was found in the garage of one of President Biden’s Delaware homes, White House lawyers announced Thursday.

The White House Counsel’s Office searched Biden’s two residences in Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington, Delaware this week, after revelations about a collection of Obama-era classified documents at a think tank in Washington. Biden is facing growing scrutiny for his handling of classified documents, and the White House says it is fully cooperating with a Justice Department investigation.

White House lawyers say they immediately contacted the DOJ when they discovered the documents this week. There has been no indication of what the documents contain or whether Biden or anyone else read them after leaving office as vice president.

“Lawyers discovered among personal and political papers a small number of additional Obama-Biden administration records with classified markings. All but one of these documents were found in storage space in the President’s Wilmington residence garage,” White House lawyers wrote in a Thursday statement. “One document consisting of one page was discovered among stored materials in an adjacent room.”

Biden went on to say that the White House Counsel’s Office searched his two residences in Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington this week after revelations about a collection of Obama-era classified documents at a think tank in Washington. Biden is facing growing scrutiny for his handling of classified documents, and the White House says it is fully cooperating with a Justice Department investigation.

Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy questioned Biden on Thursday, following revelations that a second batch of classified documents had been discovered at one of Biden’s homes in Delaware.

Doocy stated, “Classified materials next to your Corvette?! What were you thinking?”

Biden responded, “My Corvette’s in a locked garage so it’s not like it’s sitting on the street.”

“So the documents were in a locked garage,” Doocy prompted.

“Yes, as well as my Corvette. But as I said earlier this week, people know I take classified documents and classified material seriously,” Biden said. “I also said we’re cooperating fully and completely with the Justice Department’s review.”

(FreedomWire.org) – The White House pressed Facebook to censor Fox News host Tucker Carlson for saying “vaccines” “don’t work,” according to a document released by Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana.

“Since we’ve been on the phone – the top post about vaccines today is [T]ucker Carlson saying they don’t work. Yesterday it was Tomi Lehren [sic] saying she won’t take one,” White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty reportedly said in an April 14, 2021 email to an unidentified Facebook employee, which was posted on Twitter by Landry.

In May 2022, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and former Missouri Attorney General and current Senator Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit alleging the President of the United States and other senior officials in the Biden Administration violated the First Amendment by directing social-media companies to censor viewpoints that conflict with the government’s messaging on Covid-19 and election integrity concerns relating to the 2020 general election.

Dr. Tony Fauci, Nina Jankowicz, Vivek Murthy, and Karine Jean Pierre were served subpoenas along with several more Biden officials, the five social media giants as well as NIAID and the CDC in the Missouri and Louisiana lawsuit alleging collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech in silencing conservative speech.

The subpoenas request all communications between government officials and bodies and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

On Friday, January 6, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry released communications between Joe Biden’s Director of Digital Strategy, Joe Flaherty, pressuring Facebook to censor Tucker Carlson of FOX News.

(FreedomWire.org) – President Joe Biden, who campaigned from his Delaware basement in 2020, spent nearly 40% of the time on getaways from the White House in 2022, according to analysis of his travel schedule.

Biden’s getaway days totaled 141 days, or 38.6% of 2022, his first full calendar year a president, according to the Daily Caller.

The breakdown of the destinations, according to the report:

  • 92 days or partial days at his Delaware properties.
  • 32 days or partial days at Camp David.
  • 7 days in South Carolina.
  • 5 days in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
  • 5 days in U.S. Virgin Islands.

Presidents spending time away from the White House is not unprecedented, but Biden was on track to outpace all past presidents, according to a CNN report in October.

In fact, CNN reported Biden trumped former President Donald Trump’s high by October.

The White House explained Biden’s time away from Washington, D.C., as justified.

“He was going to go spend time with his family, which every president does,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in August. “That is not unusual, that is not uncommon to do, and the president has a right to spend time with his family just like every other American across the country.”

Also, the White House says time away does not always mean a vacation.

“The presidency is a nonstop job that chief executives can do from anywhere in the world,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said. “And regardless of location, he has taken fewer vacation days than the modern norm.”

Biden came under fire on his latest trek to the Virgin Islands after Christmas as the nation was dealing with a deep freeze and massive airline travel woes.

(FreedomWire.org) – Biden White House officials met with the now arrested crypto-scammer Sam Bankman-Fried four times over the last year.

Sam Bankman-Fried, who is now facing several federal charges, including fraud, after the massive collapse of crypto-currency exchange FTX, had a series of meetings with Biden White House officials ahead of the 2022 midterm elections that were previously undisclosed.

According to Bloomberg News, Bankman-Fried, who was the second-largest donor to the Democratic Party during the recently concluded election cycle, met with Biden officials on four different occasions, the last of which took place in September.

“The Democratic donor, 30, awaiting trial for what prosecutors say is one of the biggest financial frauds in U.S. history held talks with senior White House advisor Steve Ricchetti on September 8,” the UK’s Daily Mail noted, citing the Bloomberg report.

“He has had at least two other meetings with Ricchetti on April 22 and May 12 and another with top aide Bruce Reed,” the DM report noted further, adding that Bankman-Fried’s brother, Gabriel, also took part in a White House meeting on his own in May.

Bankman-Fried is now under house arrest at his parents’ $4 million home in Palo Alto, California, after he was freed in a Manhattan court on a $250 million bond. The former CEO, 30, is facing securities and wire fraud charges related to his collapsed crypto exchange FTX.

(FreedomWire.org) – The White House tweeted this week that “President Biden’s leadership” resulted in the largest increase in Social Security payments seen in 10 years – a claim that drew a flag on Twitter because the increase was actually caused by a 40-year high in inflation.

“Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” the White House tweeted Tuesday.

The tweet was accompanied by a note from Twitter that states “readers added context” that “Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefit due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate.”

Twitter cast that note as something from readers “thought people might want to know,” and said these “context” notes appear “when rated helpful by others.”

New Twitter owner Elon Musk on Tuesday acknowledged the addition of the reader note by saying, “The community notes feature is awesome. Our goal is to make Twitter the most accurate source of information on Earth, without regard to political affiliation.”

The White House tweet was also accompanied by several replies that asked whether the White House was trying to give Biden leadership credit for high inflation.

It is not the first time the White House has tried to bury the high inflation story and act as if the Biden administration on its own decide to boost Social Security payments. Last month, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain bragged that Social Security payments would rise by 8.7%.

“For the first time in a decade, SS benefits will go up while Medicare premiums are going DOWN,” Klain tweeted.

American Commitment President Phil Kerpen pointed out how deceptive Klain’s Medicare spin was.

That led to a backlash of criticism that the White House was ignoring the broader cost of record-high inflation on Americans’ standard of living, and instead celebrating an increase in benefits that will take place next year. Others said there are already complaints that the Social Security hike would not be enough to cover rising inflation.

Social Security benefits will rise by 8.7% next year, which is the largest cost-of-living adjustment since 1981. The Social Security Administration calculates COLA based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index from the third quarter of 2021 to third quarter 2022.

The Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates in an effort to tamp down inflation, and is expected to boost rates again by 0.75% Wednesday afternoon.

The White House has now deleted a tweet that took credit for the cost of living adjustment to Social Security payments and a reporter asked press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre why.

(FreedomWire.org) – Dr. Demetre Daskalakis has a long history of working in public health on issues pertaining to the LGBT community, and now he’s helping lead the Biden administration’s response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak.

Daskalakis was appointed Deputy Coordinator of the White House National Monkeypox Response on Aug. 2, serving under Response Coordinator Robert Fenton, a longtime official at FEMA, according to a White House statement. While Fenton’s experience spans a wide range of disaster response, Daskalakis is an expert in the field of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and LGBT public health.

“Demetre Daskalakis, a leading public health expert, is currently Director of the CDC Division of HIV Prevention. Widely known as a national expert on health issues affecting the LGBGQIA+ communities, his clinical practice has focused on providing care for the underserved LGBTQIA+ communities,” the statement read.

“He previously oversaw management of infectious diseases for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the largest departments in the nation — including in serving as incident commander for the City’s COVID-19 response.”

One reason the White House sought out someone with such experience is that monkeypox has been shown to mostly target gay men.

Daskalakis was once positively described as a “progressive, radical gay doctor” by Mark Harrington, executive director of Treatment Action Group, an HIV/AIDS organization, according to NBC News. He has also described himself as a “gay health warrior,” according to The Atlantic.

A perusal of Daskalakis’ Instagram profile reveals dozens, if not hundreds, of shirtless photos showcasing the doctor’s physique. Many photos are from LGBT community events like pride parades, and feature the doctor in suggestive clothing.

Daskalakis is accused of being a satanist after photos of the official’s “pentagram” tattoos and Church of Satan-themed outfits surfaced online.

Photos reveal Daskalakis has Pentagram tattoos and frequently wears pentagram-themed clothing items.

Influencer Benny Johnson posted the photos, depicting Daskalakis “proudly” wearing “the official symbol of the Church of Satan: The Pentagram,” to Twitter and subsequently accused Biden of appointing a “Satanist to the White House.”

The Baphomet Pentagram is the official, copyrighted symbol of the Church of Satan. The pentagram has long been associated with various occult beliefs. Satanism, which reveres the accomplishments of humanity and encourages believers to embrace physical wants and desires.

Many wondered why Biden would appoint Daskalakis to the post, noting that the president is a self-proclaimed “Catholic” and allegedly a devout follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Daskalakis said he wants to “dismantle stigma” against the LGBT community surrounding HIV, according to HIV Plus Mag. Now, President Joe Biden has brought Daskalakis’ unique methodology to the White House to fight monkeypox.

(FreedomWire.org) – During Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had a particularly embarrassing blunder about Justice Clarence Thomas. While criticizing his concurring opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson, which is just that, a concurrence, she referred to him as Judge Thompson.

Her comments came when taking a question from the Wall Street Journal’s Ken Thomas, as Jean-Pierre spoke to “as we know, from, um, the Dobbs decision, uh, one of the things that we, uh, saw from uh, from Judge Thompson is they’re looking to go further, whether it’s privacy, contraception, or, uh, marriage equality.”

The press secretary began Monday’s presser by criticizing Republicans, “extremist” pro-life groups, and state pro-life laws. Before taking questions, Jean-Pierre claimed that “it’s becoming clearer by the day that congressional Republicans want to strip away rights, starting with a nationwide abortion ban and moving on to marriage equality and contraception,” though she had no proof for those latter issues. 

“Now we have made it really clear, these extreme Republicans, ultra MAGA Republicans have made it clear that is what they’re going after next,” despite her failure to elaborate just how, exactly, they have done that. 

She repeated this point during an exchange with Fox News’ Peter Doocy as they discussed Vice President Kamala Harris’ remarks during the NAACP convention earlier on Monday when she compared slavery to abortion. 

This fear-mongering Democratic talking point is contagious. In addition to the White House’s narrative, the House Judiciary Committee last Thursday held a hearing on “What’s Next: The Threat to Individual Freedoms in a Post-Roe World,” one of five pro-abortion hearings in seven days’ time. 

There does not appear to be a proposed law at the state or federal level that will take away the right to same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, as Brooke Midgon reported for The Hill earlier on Monday, “House to vote on Respect for Marriage Act in response to Clarence Thomas opinion.”

In a move that is at best laziness, Midgon never clarifies herself that Justice Thomas’ opinion was a concurrence, though it is referred to as that in a quote from Rep. Jerry Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Midgon also fails to point out that the official opinion of the Court came from Justice Samuel Alito.

Justice Alito’s opinion, as well as a concurrence from Justice Brett Kavanaugh, makes clear in several instances that the Dobbs decision only refers to abortion, and does not affect other privacy matters. 

“Judge Thompson” has been trending over Twitter on Monday.