White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has done everything she could to lay the blame for the increase in violent crime over the last year and change at the feet of Republicans. She even tried to blame the GOP for “defund the police.” Now, she’s trying to tie it to their opposition of David Chipman to helm the ATF.
That’s right, boys and girls, the ATF doesn’t have a permanent director, and according to Psaki, that’s going to directly impact the influx of violent crime.
Psaki was asked if the White House has reached out to King and whether it still stands by Chipman’s nomination or will “go with a different nominee at some point.”
Psaki replied, “I’m not going to read out private conversations with members of Congress. But I will tell you that we knew this wouldn’t be easy. ATF hasn’t had a confirmed director in six years and only one confirmed director since the position became Senate confirmable.” That director was B. Todd Jones, who served under President Barack Obama.
“We’ve been eyes wide open into the challenge from the beginning,” she continued. “But we are disappointed by the fact that many Republicans are moving in lockstep to try to hold up his nomination and handcuff the chief federal law enforcement agency tasked with fighting gun crimes. It speaks volumes to their complete refusal to tackle this spike in crime we’ve seen over the last 18 months.”
So basically, she’s implying that because the ATF doesn’t have a permanent director, that they’re simply unable to do their jobs? That seems to be the implication here. Never mind that the interim director is probably more qualified than Chipman or anything. Nope, without David Chipman in this particular job, absolutely nothing can be done. Or is she saying stuff like this happens:
Thug 1: We got a permanent head of the ATF?
Thug 2: Nah.
Thug 1: Cool. Want to go shoot some people?
Thug 2: Sure.
Psaki is desperate. The entire Democratic Party is desperate, really. They know that this is getting laid at their own feet and they’re trying to shove it off on Republicans. In this case, they’re trying to imply that only Chipman’s confirmation could save the day or something. I’d say that’s an attempt at dirty pool, but what do you expect from the White House?
Chipman was a bad choice from the start. At this point, Psaki has to know this. She’s just trying to cover for her boss and blame the other guys.
It isn’t going to fly.
Seriously, the American people can do some stupid things, sure, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that eight months into Joe Biden’s presidency and we have sky-high violent crime and absolutely no plan from the White House to actually address it. Instead, he keeps focusing on law-abiding gun owners as if we’re the issue. That’s likely to hurt in 2022 and we all know it.
Psaki knows it, too, which is why she’s scrambling to blame Republicans for the problem. The thing is, when it comes to shifting the blame, Psaki kind of sucks at it.