Jen Psaki grilled for having no Republican guests on her new show: ‘What’s the problem?’

MSNBC host Jen Psaki’s one-sided slate of guests placed her in the hot seat Monday when podcast host Kara Swisher bluntly called out the lack of Republicans, “What’s the problem?”

The seamless transition from White House propagandist to corporate media may have been a lateral move for the former press secretary, but evidently, that didn’t excuse her bevy of softball interviews. Appearing on Monday’s edition of “On with Kara Swisher” Psaki’s apparent partisan preferences were made the spotlight.

“Hakeem Jeffries was your first guest,” Swisher noted of the “Inside with Jen Psaki” March premiere.”You spoke with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in your first episode. Those are all Democrats. Do you think about putting more Republicans on?”

Without suggesting how they would be treated as guests, Psaki answered, “Yes, I’m all for it. Governors — members of Congress.”

“Okay. What’s the problem?” Swisher pressed flatly.

“There’s not a problem. I mean, people have to agree to come on the show, of course. But we have had conversations with a number of Republicans,” the MSNBC host claimed. “I do wanna have Republicans on the show.”

Suggesting that following Adams through his morning routine and pressing Whitmer on a possible White House bid qualified as asking “tough questions,” Psaki was left defending the tone of her program thus far and couched, “I’ve only had four shows. So I don’t know that we’re like a full totality yet, but I do and I will and would like to have Republicans on.”

“Alright, but four shows and no Republicans is…” Swisher tried before pivoting to ask who would be the “ideal” GOP guest.

“I’d love to have Mitt Romney on. I’d love to have Mike McCaul, the chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee. I’d love to have, I mean, listen, if Kevin McCarthy wants to come on the show, I have a lot of questions for him,” Psaki stated before turning the topic to her favor and implying that any Republican guest who might present as a liar she would expose.

“I’m not really afraid of being a forum for propaganda, cause I’m gonna call that out. But I know there’s certain people who are not gonna come on the show and that’s fine, in all likelihood. But I do think a healthy part of not just democracy, but frankly not to be old school about government — is having disagreements,” she added before agreeing with Swisher that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) would be a waste of her time.

Meanwhile, fresh off interviews with Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Psaki previewed that her next installment would feature Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Bowman’s fellow “Squad” member, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).


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