White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s last day on the job was Friday. She held a press conference and said goodbye to her biggest fans, the White House press corps. She was emotional at one point and that was unusual behavior for her. Her personality is more of an ice queen than warm and fuzzy, at least on camera.
Psaki made the rounds during the week giving exit interviews with a variety of media outlets. During a breakfast meeting sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, she mentioned threats made to her during her time as White House press secretary.
“I have received threats, I have received nasty letters, text messages with my home address, my children’s names,” Psaki told a group of reporters Thursday at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
“It crosses the lines, and you know that’s when it gets a little bit scary,” he said.
she went to point in the Arlington Republican Party in Virginia and accused them of revealing his home address. They deny the accusation.
Psaki, whose last day on the job is Friday, said there were times when he alerted the Secret Service to threats. Psaki has two sons, ages 4 and 6, and his safety “is a real concern of mine,” she said.
Psaki said some of those who sent threatening messages showed up at his house. No one has, she said, but she said his home address has been circulated among the Arlington Republican Party in Virginia.
The Arlington Republican Party responded in a statement to USA TODAY that it “has not publicly released the address of any Biden administration official, unlike the hordes of progressive activists online who have released the addresses of Court justices.” We are also not disclosing Ms. Psaki’s home address to our members.”
He went on to say that as a public figure, “people don’t like me, that’s fine.” Psaki said people should be alarmed at how common threats against public figures are and that “it’s a sign of the poison we see in society.” Let me be clear: I am not advocating threats against public officials. In today’s explosive political atmosphere, that is a very dangerous thing to do. There is no need to incite violence at any level against any public official or public figure. I will say, though, that if Jen had been perfectly honest, she would have connected a few dots and then pointed out that her threats even reached her.
Public discourse lost all civility during the last administration. Regular viewers of White House press conferences saw never-before-seen spectacles in the James S. Brady Briefing Room. Reporters raised their voices and even shouted at Trump’s press secretaries. Some cable news network reporters worked their way up to network stars and were rewarded with their own shows: I’m looking at you, Jim Acosta. He was crazy. Psaki did not receive that kind of treatment. She instead received slimy media coverage and reporters sang her praises. Remember how delighted they were with the “Psaki bombs”?
During the Trump administration, it became routine for deranged progressives to stand up in public and essentially instigate violence from those who opposed the administration, and especially Trump himself. Republican lawmakers ran out of restaurants because of protesters. Others were harassed in movie theaters and other public places because of the jobs they held. A brother of Bernie’s brought the hyper-charged political atmosphere to a deadly level when he opened fire on Republicans practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Alexandria, Virginia. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise came very close to death. A US Capitol police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were also shot. It was an act of domestic terrorism.
Rep. Maxine Waters stood out in front of a federal building other encouraged harassment of Trump administration officials in June 2018. He denied that he was trying to incite violence. He even included the children of public officials.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we need to show up. And if you see someone from that cabinet at a restaurant, at a department store, at a gas station, you go out and create a crowd.” And you push them back. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We have to connect children with their parents,” Waters said at the Wilshire Federal Building, according to video of the event.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the first White House press secretary who was a working mother, received enough threats to require Secret Service protection. She was the first press secretary to receive that level of security. Her children were very young at the time.
There has been an increase in threats to lawmakers and other public figures on both sides of the aisle in recent years. When Joe Biden ran for president, he promised to bring back unity and civility. He promised to bring back the “norms”. Unfortunately, at least for now, this behavior is normal. Psaki can look at his boss (now ex-boss) and see him singing about getting the unit back. He divides between political parties, race and gender. He pits progressives against conservatives, Democrats against Republicans, and himself against the former president, on a regular basis. He referred to the Texas Republicans as Neanderthals and the “Mega MAGA” Republicans as the most dangerous group in his life. He criticized tens of millions of Trump voters as a “group” and insulted their votes. His absurd escalation in rhetoric doesn’t help.
It’s a shame that Jen Psaki received these threats, but now she’s coming with the territory. She wasn’t a babe in the woods when she took the job. She is an Obama administration alumnus and worked as John Kerry’s press secretary at the State Department. Children often get mixed up in the fray. As Maxine Waters said in 2018, “We have to connect children with their parents.” Get how? That sounds bad, doesn’t it?
Goodbye, Jen Psaki. Go enjoy your big deal with MSNBC and take advantage of whatever it is you endured during your time as press secretary.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki thanks reporters in the briefing room during her final briefing:
“Thank you for what you do. Thank you for making me better. Most importantly, thank you for the work you do every day to make this country stronger.” pic.twitter.com/85B7CkZraO
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