It’s always interesting to watch reporters try to get one over on White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, as if she hasn’t given them daily reasons–quickly coined on Twitter as “Psaki Bombs”–to not try it with her.
Recently dubbed “the best Press Secretary in American history” by Chris Wallace of Fox News, Psaki deploys the kind of patience often seen only in kindergarten teachers or anyone who’s shown their grandparents how to use the internet. It’s most often conservative male members of the press corps who think they can trip her up, but Psaki, not unlike House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, stomps all over them regardless of which shoes she’s wearing that day.While Psaki has famously and repeatedly shut down Peter Doocy so often that most people think he actually uses it as a form of self-flagellation at this point, Owen Jensen of the Eternal World Television Network –broadcast via Catholic channels–decided to spar with Psaki over President Joe Biden’s upcoming meeting with the Pope. Psaki, who’s also had to contend with a Christian reporter with no sense of personal boundaries, patiently waited for Jensen while already formulating her next Psaki Bomb.
OWEN JENSEN: "How is it fighting systemic racism when abortion disproportionately affects minority children?"
— EWTN News Nightly (@EWTNNewsNightly) April 14, 2021
The President’s meeting with the Pope has stoked some controversy as the two most popular Catholics in the world agree over a woman’s right to choose. Devout Catholics have taken issue with both President Biden and the Pope, and that was clear in Jensen’s very pointed questions for Psaki. “The White House has said they will discuss working together on efforts grounded in respect for fundamental human dignity,” Jensen said, referring to the meeting with the Pope. “Will that include the human dignity of the unborn?”
WASHINGTON, DC—Reporter asks @PressSec if the topics of conversation between Biden and Pope Francis “grounded on respect for fundamental human dignity” will include “human dignity of the unborn”.
Watch her reply: pic.twitter.com/vTV5mW5z5p
— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) October 27, 2021
This isn’t the first time Jensen has asked, and Christian conservative journalists know perfectly well that President Biden is pro-choice, but they apparently believe that they can not only debate Psaki, they also think if they keep asking, maybe the President will change his mind on the issue.
Jen Psaki masterfully handles a factually inaccurate, loaded question about abortion pic.twitter.com/4DG9OcrqE2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2021
Most of us would have rolled our eyes so hard, we’d be looking at the insides of our brains. But Psaki handled Jensen like the pro she is. Watch for yourself, below.