White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to give a straight answer when asked if President Joe Biden will continue to push false and misleading claims about the new Georgia voting law.
The story: President Biden earned “Four Pinocchios” from Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler for spreading false narratives about the law.
“What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick … deciding that you’re going to end voting at five o’clock when working people are just getting off work,” Biden during his first press conference on March 25.
“Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote after their shift is over,” he said the next day.
“On Election Day in Georgia, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if you are in line by 7 p.m., you are allowed to cast your ballot. Nothing in the new law changes those rules,” Kessler wrote. “However, the law did make some changes to early voting. But experts say the net effect was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.”
Kesler said Biden may have been confused by the law’s language, which said early voting can be carried out “beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM.”
Several days after giving Biden the paper’s highest rating for a false statement, Kessler labeled Biden a “recidivist” for repeatedly uttering false or misleading claims about the Georiga law, Covid-19 statistics, and former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts.
The exchange: During Monday’s White House press conference, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki if the president plans “to change the way that he talks about the new Georgia voting law?”
“Because in that interview that you’ve referenced, he said, ‘the law would end voting at five o’clock when working people are just getting off,’ and he said it would end voting hours early so working people can’t have their vote after their shift is over,” Doocy continued. “But The Washington Post gave that claim four Pinocchios because that part of the law gives counties the option to extend voting hours. And so I’m just curious if the President is going to change the way that he’s talking.”
Psaki deviated from the question without giving a clear answer and defended Biden’s criticism of the law.
“Well, again, I think the fact checkers will also tell you that this bill does not make it easier for people across the state of Georgia to vote, and that’s where he has concerns,” Psaki responded, even though Kessler himself wrote that “some changes” the new law makes to early voting would actually “expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.”
Doocy also asked if Biden had thought about the economic impact the MLB moving its All-Star game out of Georgia – a move the president said he supports in an ESPN interview – could have on local communities.
“Before the President said that he would strongly support moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia, did he consider the economic impact? Because the Cobb County Tourism CEO is saying they’re going to lose $100 million dollars in lost business activity, 8,000 hotel rooms. Did he think about that before he said he would strongly support the move?” he asked.
Psaki again did not give a clear answer.
“Again, he was doing an interview. He was given the context, as I just read out to you in full detail of how the question was asked. He answered the question,” she said.
BOOM: Peter Doocy points out the fact that even The Washington Post found President Biden’s claims about the Georgia voting law to be factually inaccurate and asked if he’ll change how he talks about it.
Psaki denies Biden has been lying, saying he’ll continue to denounce it pic.twitter.com/eYGjkMmfEr
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 5, 2021
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Under questioning from Peter Doocy, Jen Psaki refuses to admit that Biden’s support for MLB moving the All-Star Game out of Atlanta was a way of the White House putting their thumbs on the scales.
She also refused to comment on the loss of $100M from Cobb County. Go figure. pic.twitter.com/4i1bW0gWOC
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 5, 2021
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