Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s briefings are becoming increasingly known as the event in which Fox News‘s Peter Doocy asks an absurd, half-formed ‘gotcha’ question and is quickly and efficiently shut down. Wednesday was no exception.
In the clip below, Doocy tries to insinuate that vaccine hesitancy was caused by Joe Biden’s pre-election comments about trusting Donald Trump. Psaki informs him that the data doesn’t support that, points out that Biden has consistently encouraged people to trust science and medical experts, and reminds him that, at the time, Trump was pontificating about some treatments pretty far out of the mainstream. (In case it needs to be clarified for anyone, the ‘treatments’ Trump wondered about are not medical treatments and no one is advised to inject bleach or other cleaning products into their veins.)
"I would note that at the time, just for context, the former president was also suggesting people inject versions of poison into their veins to cure Covid" — Jen Psaki to Peter Doocy pic.twitter.com/qdnySKMR3B
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 11, 2021
Doocy tries again, saying that Biden had spoken of waiting until a vaccine is fully authorized. COVID-19 vaccines are predicted to receive full approval from the FDA in the next month, and are currently authorized for emergency use.
“The FDA works on the timelines of science,” Psaki responded. “At the same time, we’ve also seen tens of millions of people’s lives saved, who have gotten the vaccine. That data is clear across the country.”
For reference, here is Donald Trump, via the Telegraph, telling America in a live press briefing that perhaps hitting the body with a strong UV light or “doing something” with a disinfectant, “by injection inside, almost a cleaning, because you see, it gets in the lungs.”
As NPR reported at the time, Biden said in a Town Hall, “Let me be clear: I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump, and at this moment the American people can’t either.”
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