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January 7, 2022

Harris Criticized for 9/11 Analogy

Vice President Kamala Harris likened the January 6 Capitol riot to Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terror attacks.

Harris’ remark came during a speech delivered Thursday, addressing the event on its one-year anniversary.

“Certain dates echo throughout history,” Harris said. “Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory. December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021.”

The vice president said the participants sought to attack “the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the comparison, calling the analogy “an insult to the people that were going into [the Twin Towers].”

“It’s interesting how everything in our society becomes very politicized, and so today – honestly, I’m not going to watch any of it – you’re going to see the D.C./New York media, this is their Christmas, Jan. 6,” DeSantis said. 

“They are going to take this and milk this for anything they could to smear anyone who ever supported Donald Trump,” he continued.

“Look, if you obstruct a proceeding, all about holding people accountable. If you’re rioting, hold them accountable,” DeSantis said.

“But let’s just be clear here: When they try to act like this is something akin to the September 11 attacks, that is an insult to the people that were going into those buildings.”

The White House defended Harris’ comparison, saying detractors should focus on “solving the threat to democracy” instead of the VP’s words.

“Instead of focusing on or analyzing comparisons of moments in history, I would suggest that they be a part of solving the threat to democracy that occurs today, that is happening today,” Psaki told reporters on Thursday. “And they’re using this as an excuse not to be a part of that.”


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Florida’s DeSantis: Comparisons of Jan. 6 to 9/11 ‘insult to the people that were going into those buildings’

January 6, 2022

Ted Cruz: There Are ‘Multiple Grounds’ to Impeach Biden If GOP Wins House in 2022

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said there are “multiple grounds” to impeach President Joe Biden if the GOP flips the House in the 2022 midterm elections.

“If we take the House, which I said is overwhelmingly likely, then I think we will see serious investigations of the Biden administration,” Cruz said during a recent episode of his podcast Verdict with Ted Cruz.

When asked about the prospect of impeaching Biden, Cruz said, “I do think there’s a chance of that.”

“Whether it’s justified or not, Democrats weaponized impeachment.”

“They used it for partisan purposes to go after Trump because they disagreed with him. One of the real disadvantages of doing that is, the more you weaponize it and turn it into a partisan cudgel​, you know, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Cruz added.

Cruz said Biden’s “utter lawlessness” with the ongoing border crisis and decision to “defy immigration laws” would be one potential reason to begin impeachment proceedings.

The 51-year-old senator said Republicans have a 90% chance of regaining the House.

“What’s interesting is, in Washington, everybody assumes Republicans are ​going to win,” Cruz said. “I think all the Democrats assume we’re ​going to take the House​. I​t’s almost baked into the cake of how everyone handles decision-making.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to Cruz’s remarks on Tuesday.

“Maybe Senator Cruz can work with us on getting something done on comprehensive immigration reform and putting in place measures that will help make sure smart security is what we see at the border, taking a more humane approach to the border instead of name calling, accusation-calling and making predictions of the future,” Psaki said.



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Ted Cruz claims ‘multiple grounds’ to impeach Biden if GOP regains House

December 24, 2021

Trump to Hold News Conference from Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 6

Former President Donald Trump announced he would hold a news conference from Mar-a-Lago on January 6, the first anniversary of the U.S. Capitol riot that has been the source of much contention.

“Why isn’t the Unselect Committee of highly partisan political hacks investigating the CAUSE of the January 6th protest, which was the rigged Presidential Election of 2020?” Trump said in his statement announcing the news conference.

Trump went on to say the House Select Committee investigating the riot wanted to “stay as far away from” claims of a rigged 2020 presidential election as possible before asking supporters to “look at what is going on now” in several U.S. states.

“I will be having a news conference on January 6th at Mar-a-Lago to discuss all of these points, and more,” Trump said. “Until then, remember, the insurrection took place on November 3rd, it was the completely unarmed protest of the rigged election that took place on January 6th.” 

The former president went on to criticize “RINOs” — an acronym for “Republican in Name Only” — likely referring to his foes within the GOP, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

“In many ways a RINO is worse than a Radical Left Democrat,” Trump said, “because you don’t know where they are coming from and you have no idea how bad they really are for our Country.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also announced a “full program of events” on January 6, including a “prayerful vigil.”

The White House shared nonspecific plans to commemorate the day as well.

“January 6 was one of the darkest days in our democracy,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “It was a day when our nation’s capital was under attack, and I think there’s no question you’ll see us commemorate that day.”


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Trump says he’s holding a news conference at Mar-a-Lago on January 6, the anniversary of the Capitol riot

December 22, 2021

Manchin Hits Back at White House Pressure to Support Biden Plan

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) sent the Democratic Party reeling by announcing he won’t support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Manchin hit back at White House staff, saying the Democrats had miscalculated by assuming they could pressure him into supporting the $1.7 trillion package.

“This is not the president, this is staff,” Manchin told West Virginia radio host Hoppy Kercheval in a 14-minute MetroNews interview.

“I just got to the wit’s end,” he said, adding that White House staff “drove some things and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable. They know what it is.”

“They figured surely to God we can move one person. We surely can badger and beat one person up. Surely we can get enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough that they’ll just say, ‘OK, I’ll vote for anything.'”

“Well, guess what? I’m from West Virginia. I’m not from where they’re from and they can just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive, period,” Manchin added.

Manchin’s position and comments sparked outrage from his party and a rare on-the-record rebuke from the White House.

“If his comments on FOX and written statement indicate an end to that effort, they represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the President and the Senator’s colleagues,” Psaki said in a statement.

When asked about the White House’s comments, Manchin said, “basically they retaliated.”

“I figured they would come back strong,” he said.


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Manchin blames White House staff for failed negotiations

November 19, 2021

Kamala Harris Briefly Holds Presidential Power During Biden’s Colonoscopy

Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman to hold presidential authority after President Joe Biden temporarily transferred power to Harris on Friday before undergoing a colonoscopy.

“As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.”

As of 11:35 a.m. EST, Biden was “in good spirits” and had “resumed his duties.”

Biden celebrates his 79th birthday on Saturday.

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Biden briefly transfers power to Harris while he gets colonoscopy

November 13, 2021

Jen Psaki sheds light on what Biden thinks of ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ chants

White House press secretary Jen Psaki provided insight into how President Joe Biden feels about the recent uptick in deceptively unkind “Let’s Go Brandon” chants. When asked about the anti-Biden “phenomenon” by NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander, Psaki said the president doesn’t give it much thought.

“Across this country we’ve seen this new phenomenon lately, chanted at sporting events and on signs, the phrase is ‘Let’s Go Brandon,’ a sort of code for a profane slogan attacking President Biden,” Alexander said at a press conference on Friday. “What does the president make of that?”

“I don’t think he spends much time focused on it or thinking about it,” Psaki said.

Alexander asked a follow-up question. “The president said when he came into office on Inauguration Day… he was going to help get rid of the uncivil war in this country. So I guess through that lens right now, does the president think there are things he can do differently, or how does he react this this stuff … when it is one of his primary promises?”

Psaki told Alexander, “it takes two to move toward a more civil discourse,” and that Biden hopes to “govern for all Americans.”

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Psaki claims Biden doesn’t spend much time thinking about ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ rallying cry

November 1, 2021

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for COVID-19

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that she tested positive for a breakthrough COVID-19 case on Sunday, becoming the most senior member of the Biden administration to contract the virus since his inauguration.

Psaki, who last saw President Joe Biden on Tuesday, said she’s been experiencing mild symptoms. She hasn’t been around other senior members of the administration since Wednesday, Psaki said.

On Thursday, Psaki recused herself traveling with Biden to the G20 summit in Rome because of a family emergency. Then, on Sunday, Psaki said family members tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

“Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” Psaki wrote in a statement. “However, today, I tested positive for COVID.”

Psaki added that she will quarantine for ten days and won’t go back to the White House until her test results are negative.

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Jen Psaki Tests Positive for COVID

October 11, 2021

Biden defies Trump, orders release of records to Jan. 6 committee

The Biden administration ordered the release of a stash of Trump-era documents to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, setting up a showdown with former President Trump.

“As a part of this process, the president has determined an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

“This is just the first set of documents, and we will evaluate claims of privilege on a case by case basis,” she said. “But the president has also been clear he believes it to be of the utmost importance for both Congress and the American people to have a complete understanding of the events of that day to prevent them from happening again.”

The decision could result in another kerfuffle with Trump, who has already threatened litigation to block subpoenas of his former aides.

“Congress is examining an assault on our Constitution and democratic institutions provoked and fanned by those sworn to protect them,” White House counsel Dana Remus wrote in a letter to the National Archives. “And the conduct under investigation extends far beyond typical deliberations concerning the proper discharge of the President’s constitutional responsibilities.”

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White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee

September 30, 2021

White House defends Dem infighting: “This is how democracy works”

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Democratic Party’s infighting over the highly-publicized infrastructure bill and budget reconciliation package is “how democracy works.”

A reporter asked Psaki at her daily press briefing if President Biden “lost control of his party” amid dissonance from Democratic moderates and progressives.

“This is how democracy works,” Psaki said. “I know it feels foreign because there wasn’t much that happened over the last couple of years.”

“We’re not trying to paint over how messy it looks from the outside,” she added.

Progressive members of the House vowed to oppose the infrastructure bill, which passed through the Senate unless it moves alongside Biden’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. Moderates, like Sen. Joe Manchin (W. VA), have expressed that they won’t support the measure’s high price tag.

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Psaki says Dem party infighting is democracy at work: ‘I know it feels foreign’ after Trump

September 10, 2021

White House staff too anxious to watch blunder-prone Biden speak

President Joe Biden’s proclivity for going off-message reportedly filled his staff with anxiety, according to Politico. When the commander-in-chief gives public remarks, White House officials say staffers either mute the feed or turn it off entirely.

“I know people who habitually don’t watch it live for that reason,” one current official said.

Biden caused a few raised eyebrows by referencing that he’s acting on orders. “I’m not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,” he said a few weeks ago.

Apparently, his orders come from advisers, who have urged the president to answer fewer questions.

“A lot of times, we say, ‘Don’t take questions,'” press secretary Jen Psaki said on David Axelrod’s podcast earlier this year. “But he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”

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Biden anxiety levels

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