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Karine Jean-Pierre Confronted Over Previous Tweets Denying Election

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A Fox News correspondent is calling out President Joe Biden’s top spokesperson over something for which he has criticized “MAGA Republicans.”

In recent comments, Biden has accused Donald Trump-supporting voters of being “election deniers,” but in fact, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is guilty of the same thing, and she was called out for it on Wednesday.

White House correspondent Peter Doocy noted on “Fox & Friends” that following previous elections, Jean-Pierre claimed that Republicans “stole” them from Democrats.

“The Democrats and Joe Biden are pushing the storyline that democracy is under assault by MAGA extremists,” Doocy said. “And yet, the irony is…somebody at the podium in the White House actually looks like one of these MAGA extremists on the other side.”

He was likely referring to older tweets Jean-Pierre posted before taking her current White House position.

“Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams,” she said on April 2, 2020.

“Stolen emails, stolen drone, stolen election …..welcome to the world of #unpresidented Trump,” she said on December 17, 2016.

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Doocy confronted the press secretary on these tweets and she dismissed him:

DOOCY:  A follow-up about the MAGA Republican attention.  So if we’re all in agreement that it is incorrect to say the 2020 election was stolen, what about the 2016 election?

JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I’m not going to go back to where we were or what happened in 2016.  We’re going to focus on the here and now.  We’re going to focus on what’s happening today — this inflection point that the President pointed out, very clearly, very decisively in a few speeches about what the country needs to do at this time to bring the country together.

And he believes that’s where a majority of Americans are when it comes to protecting our democracy, when it comes to protecting our rights, and when it comes to protecting our freedoms.  That’s what we’re going to talk about.  That’s what we’re going to focus on — on where we are today.

DOOCY:  But just in trying to understand the new attention on the MAGA Republicans, you tweeted in 2016 —

JEAN-PIERRE: Oh, I knew this was coming.

DOOCY:   — Trump “stole” an election.  You tweeted —

JEAN-PIERRE: I was waiting, Peter, when you were going to ask me that question.  (Laughs.)

DOOCY:    Well, great.  Here we go.  You tweeted Trump “stole” an election.  You tweeted Brian Kemp “stole” an election.  If denying election results is extreme now, why wasn’t it then?

JEAN-PIERRE:  So let’s — let’s — let’s be really clear: That — that comparison that you made is just ridiculous.  I have been — I have been —

DOOCY:    How is that ridiculous?

JEAN-PIERRE: Well, you’re asking me — you’re asking me a question.

DOOCY:    Yes.

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JEAN-PIERRE: Let me answer it.

DOOCY:    And you said it was ridiculous.

JEAN-PIERRE: I was — I was talking specifically at that time of what was happening with voting rights and the — what was in danger of voting rights.  That’s what I was speaking to at the time.

She went on to say that eventually, she conceded that both Trump and Kemp won their respective elections.

Jean-Pierre was also called out earlier this week after appearing to say that any American who did not agree with the radical left agenda of the Biden administration and congressional Democrats was extreme by definition as she fielded questions regarding her boss’s very divisive prime-time speech last week.

“I mean, he was very clear — he was very clear that MAGA Republicans in Congress have an agenda that is extreme. And that’s what you hear from them. The national ban on abortion is extreme. And also, it’s not in line with where a majority of Americans are. It is just not. It is taking away people’s rights. It is taking away people’s freedoms,” she said.

“And, you know, he doesn’t — he believes that is an extreme agenda. You’ve heard that from him directly. I don’t even need to confirm that from here. He’s actually talked about how extreme it is,” she continued.

“When we saw what was done with the Dobbs decision on June 24th — to take away a right that people had for 50 years — a constitutional right for 50 years that women had to make a decision for themselves on their healthcare. And — and so, yeah, we see that as extreme,” the press secretary added.

“And so, when you are not with where a majority of Americans are, then, you know, that is extreme. That is an extreme way of thinking,” she said.

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