White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre suffered another embarrassing moment.
But Jean-Pierre had some help in this latest fiasco.
Karine Jean-Pierre wanted to run and hide when faced with this brutal question.
One year ago, a trail derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, caused a toxic chemical spill that contaminated the air, soil, and water.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg took his sweet time getting to the scene to survey the damage.
Joe Biden pledged to visit East Palestine but never did.
“Scranton Joe,” who likes to bill himself as a champion of the middle class, never visited the working class town of East Palestine.
Critics suspected it was because the town was located in a county that voted heavily for Donald Trump, and its residents were among the tens of millions of rural Americans that the Democrat Party has written off electorally, so Biden figured since there was nothing to gain politically that the people there didn’t count.
One year later, everything changed.
Biden’s tailing Donald Trump in the polls.
And Biden desperately needs to try and appeal to voters beyond his radical left-wing base.
That’s why the White House announced that after a year of neglect, Biden would finally show up in East Palestine to survey his administration’s response to the disaster.
This quickly turned into an embarrassment as a reporter challenged Jean-Pierre if Biden would put his money where his mouth was on his administration’s response to the toxic spill by drinking a glass of water from East Palestine.
“Next month, when the president is in East Palestine, will he drink the water there?” the reporter asked.
Jean-Pierre ducked the question.
“I mean, look, what I can tell you is, the president’s focus has been to do everything that he can to support this community from day one,” Jean-Pierre replied. “We get what’s going on on the ground. We understand what’s going — that’s why we’ve had the EPA, that’s why we had DOT, that’s why we had HHS, that’s why we’ve had FEMA on the ground.”
“You know, this is not about some sort of, like, political stunt here. This is not about — this is not with this is about. This is about this president being a president for everyone and showing up, showing up for this community. That’s what this is about,” Jean-Pierre continued. “I’m not going to get into some sort of political stunts about drinking — about drinking water. What we’re gonna focus about is making sure they have what they need, and the president was invited by the mayor, by community leaders, he’s going to show up. He always said he would be there when it was the most helpful,” Jean-Pierre added.
This question recalled a scene from an episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns is running for Governor.
To seal the election, Burns needs to show he has the common touch, so his advisors decide to stage a dinner at the house of a working-class family, which turns out to be the Simpsons.
Marge and Lisa back the incumbent and decide to set a trap for Burns to destroy his campaign by preparing for dinner a fish from the stream outside the nuclear power plant that Burns owns.
With the cameras rolling, Mr. Burns spits out the fish due to the rancid taste from all the pollution his plant dumps into the water.
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