Since taking the podium as the White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre has had no problem fingering all MAGA supporters as extremists.
Sadly, she was not able to take the same stance on Pro-Palestinian supporters.
All across the country, we have seen pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel protests surface, something that has especially been a problem on college campuses.
These protests started to take place after Hamas, which is anchored in the Gaza Strip in Palestine, conducted a horrific terror attack against Israel.
Most people in this country view pro-Palestinian protests as support for Hamas, so it was only natural for Fox News’ Peter Doocy to take this line of questioning when he was acknowledged by KJP during a recent briefing.
Doocy asked a straightforward question:
“Does President Biden think the anti-Israel protesters in this country are extremists?”
The answer should have been straightforward, but Jean-Pierre started to do the dance, stating:
“What I can say, is we’ve been very clear on this. When it comes to antisemitism, there is no place. We have to make sure that we speak against it very loud, and be very clear about that. Remember, when the president decided to run for president, is what he saw in Charlottesville in 2017. He saw neo-Nazis marching down the streets of Charlottesville with vile antisemitic … just hatred, and he was very clear then, and he’s very clear now.
“He’s taken actions against this over the past two years, and he’s continued be clear: There is no place, no place for this type of vile and this kind of rhetoric.”
But Biden and most people in this country all agree that neo-Nazis are extremists, so why is it so hard to call people protesting against Israel the same?
Doocy did not back off, stating:
“We hear you guys, though, talk about extremists all the time, and it’s usually about MAGA extremists. So what about these protesters who are making Jewish students feel unsafe on college campuses? Are they extremists?”
Again, though, KJP refused to offer a straightforward answer, responding:
“I’ve been very clear. We are calling out any form of hate, any form of hate.
“It is not acceptable, it should not be acceptable here and we are gonna continue to call that out.”
Calling out hate and slapping a label of an “extremist” are two different things, however.
The fact that KJP has stuck an “extremist” label unfairly on about half this country over the actions of a few is disgusting, but that is how politics works these days.
To that very point, there is a reason that KJP and this administration will not label anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian supporters as extremists… they are mostly if not all, Democrat voters.
You do not see conservatives in this country bashing Israel, and you surely will not see them protesting in favor of Palestine, and the White House knows this. Let’s be realistic here… we have plenty of anti-Israel and pro-Palestine members of Congress with a D next to their name, some of whom were spreading Hamas propaganda after the initial attack against Israel.
We have 16 members of Congress, all Democrats, who refused to sign on to the resolution condemning the Hamas terror attack against Israel, with 10 of them voting “no” and the remainder voting “present.” Groups founded by members of the Squad stated that members of Congress who voted in favor of the resolution should be “ashamed of themselves.”
The approach that the White House is taking with these protesters is the same approach it has taken with Iran… It coddles them in the hopes it does not upset them, while at the same time, these actions embolden these countries and groups to be more aggressive.