Biden bans cameras from bill-signing in deceased congresswoman’s honor after ‘where’s Jackie’ horror

After shocking the global press by repeatedly asking that recently deceased Congresswoman Jackie Walorski join him on stage, President Joe Biden banned cameras from his Friday signing of the bill that names a Veterans Affairs clinic in her memory.

As American Wire reported, questions surrounding Biden’s cognitive abilities turned the White House press room into a scene of chaos on Wednesday, after Biden repeatedly asked “Where’s Jackie” at an event a month after Walorski tragically died in an automobile accident.

The matter was made worse by the fact that Biden had gone so far as to issue a statement at the time of Walorski’s death.

“Jill and I are shocked and saddened by the death of Congresswoman Jakie Walorski of Indiana along with two members of her staff in a car accident today in Indiana,” he wrote following her passing.

“We send our deepest condolences to her husband, Dean, to the families of her staff members, Zachery Potts and Emma Thomson, who lost their lives in public service, and to the people of Indiana’s Second District who lost a representative who was one of their own,” the statement read.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did little to quell the media’s concerns by attempting to downplay the gaffe, suggesting it was normal (it’s not) and insisting Walorski was “top of [Biden’s] mind,” (she wasn’t) due to his scheduled meeting with the lawmaker’s family on Friday.

The President “very much looks forward to discussing her remarkable legacy of public service with them when he sees her family this coming Friday.” Jean-Pierre said.

A video tribute to Walorski was meant to be a highlight of the ceremony, the Daily Mail reports.

By Friday, the press secretary had changed her tune, calling the signing a “personal moment” between Walorski’s friends and family, President Biden, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

“As you all know, we don’t put every bill signing on the schedule,” she told the questioning press. “As you could imagine, this is a personal moment that the president was doing.”

“Like I mentioned in the briefing a couple of days ago… the president has been looking forward to hosting the late representatives’ family and other lawmakers to honor her legacy,” she added.

Online, the lack of cameras at the signing has only served to fuel more speculation — and a lot more mocking.

“So he has finally acknowledged that she is in fact dead!” exclaimed one user on Twitter.

“If the family still came, I hope he didn’t ask them if they brought Jackie,” tweeted another.

But for some, the matter was nothing to laugh about.

“He’s going further into hiding,” one user surmised.

“Because Joe’s growing mental impairment is at national and international top of mind,” another quipped.

And a third user spelled out why banning the cameras after such a disturbing gaffe is something that should concern all Americans: “Silencing the media is one of the facets of fascism.”


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