White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s quick wit and unflappable demeanor has earned her kudos and her sharp comebacks to Fox News reporter Peter Doocey’s “gotcha” questions have spawned the #PsakiBomb meme.
But her response to a question about the collapse of Afghanistan and yesterday’s suicide bombing that killed American personnel and Afghan allies was a little more pointed. In a time of crisis, Psaki’s not willing to play political games.
The United States remains mired in emergency evacuations of Americans and Afghans who assisted troops. LGBTQ people – who may face death if left in Taliban territory – are mostly being left behind, as are the vast bulk of our local allies.
While the White House has tried to spin the disaster as an unavoidable decision to prioritize Americans and end the longest war in the country’s history, the optics of the situation has garnered attacks from both the left and the right.
While senators like Lindsey Graham (R-SC) refused to impeach former President Donald Trump despite his many misdeeds – including instigating an insurrection at the Capitol building in an attempt to circumvent the will of voters – they’ve quickly started calling for President Joe Biden’s impeachment or for him to resign.
When a reporter asked Psaki what she had to say about the senators who called for Biden’s resignation after the suicide attack, she didn’t mince words.
“I would say, first, this is a day where U.S. service members, 12 of them, lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. It’s not a day for politics,” she shot back.
“And we would expect that any American, whether they’re elected or not, would stand with us and our commitment to going after and fighting and killing those terrorists wherever they live and to honoring the memory of servicemembers. And that’s what this day is for.”
"This is a day where U.S. service members, 12 of them, lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. It's not a day for politics." — White House press secretary Jen Psaki on two Republican senators calling for President Biden's resignation pic.twitter.com/XZI822r3hZ
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) August 26, 2021