In another example of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki's ability to handle anything politely—even the ridiculous—Psaki swiftly shut down a conservative reporter's strange complaint about Vice President Kamala Harris visiting a Chicago bakery.
Tabloid publication The New York Post correspondent Steven Nelson criticized Harris' appointment as point-person on the border crisis by saying her only visit had been to a "bakery in Chicago," implying the bakery was a severe deferment of her duties as Vice President.
Conservative media dubbed the question hard-hitting journalism.
.@nypost's Steven Nelson asks whether Kamala Harris is still the point person on the border crisis, especially afte… https://t.co/nQx4sS4mEX— John Cooper (@John Cooper)1617816852.0
"She hasn't visited the border or Central America or spoken with leaders of El Salvador or Honduras."
"She traveled this week, took time to visit a bakery in Chicago."
"I'm wondering is she still working on this [border issue] and can you address the perception that she's kind of quietly backing off?"
Why in the F**k does Jen Psaki have to waste he breath explaining to these “reporters” why the VP had a snack?!? That’s Ridiculous.— enoch1080 (@enoch1080)1617849906.0
@therecount Oh, to peer into the brain of the journalist who, knowing they have a limited number of questions they… https://t.co/UHEgDDALRE— Laurie Brunner (@Laurie Brunner)1617816996.0
@therecount they have nothing. NOTHING significant. so they have to cause drama about patterned stockings and doughnuts. *smdh*— Miss Construed (No Lists!) 💉 (@Miss Construed (No Lists!) 💉)1617817849.0
Psaki, after addressing there was a lot packed into the question, said Harris was "visiting Chicago actually to talk COVID and the importance of communities getting the vaccine when it's available and accessible to them."
And as for the bakery?
"And so while she was there, like many Americans, she got a snack. I think she's allowed to do that."
@thejcoop @nypost 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸🥸If the conservatives would ASK a question instead of painting a made up pre… https://t.co/TckBSMV7Sa— E Queen 🇨🇦🇮🇹 (@E Queen 🇨🇦🇮🇹)1617825686.0
@thejcoop @nypost She handled liddle stevey like the douchnozzle he is! The Post doesn't seem to be sending their best— AdirondackBark (@AdirondackBark)1617821252.0
@therecount @MadMerlin5 You’d think the press would learn to stop asking really dumb questions of Jen. She kicks their ass EVERY time.— MikeVeteran🇺🇸😷🇺🇸🏊♂️🇺🇸🏌️♂️🇺🇸🏐🇺🇸 (@MikeVeteran🇺🇸😷🇺🇸🏊♂️🇺🇸🏌️♂️🇺🇸🏐🇺🇸)1617817431.0
@therecount Who would ask that question....let me guess.— Sue O (@Sue O)1617817173.0
@therecount She is a better person that I am. I would have responded “So did your Mom.” Just because that’s how juv… https://t.co/t3RMPPOdUV— Waleed Sonbol (@Waleed Sonbol)1617817233.0
Former Vice President Mike Pence had a penchant for disappearing for weeks at a time, even after the pandemic crisis in the United States reached fever pitch.
Pence was in charge of the task force meant to respond to the virus.
@PoliticusSarah Who asked this embarrassingly stupid question?— Norman Ornstein (@Norman Ornstein)1617822127.0
@PoliticusSarah Shouldn't WH reporters be banned after a certain number of stupid questions?— J. Carretto (@J. Carretto)1617818142.0
@PoliticusSarah I hope she's writing these dumb questions down and identifying who's asking them. She can publish t… https://t.co/zp3sJNVKzk— Sandra Hall (@Sandra Hall)1617824055.0
@PoliticusSarah Her subtleties are unmatched. 👑🏆💯🔥 https://t.co/2TC993dqSX— Celebrity Guest Editor (@Celebrity Guest Editor)1617827490.0
The Biden/Harris administration have already surpassed their goal of 100 million vaccines given to Americans within 100 days with days to spare. Psaki has consistently fielded torrents of questions from right-wing media seeking to discredit the administration in any way possible.
Snackgate—like its predecessors—went down in flames.
Psaki's subtle style seems to be
exactly what is needed to keep these kinds of questions in check.