KJP REFUSES to condemn Rep. Jayapal for comments on rape by Hamas terrorists

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to condemn comments from radical left U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) calling for “balance” when asked about militants with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas raping women.

In an appearance on CNN, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus was asked about the widespread sexual violence against Israeli women and she immediately pivoted to supposed war crimes committed by Israel, before adding: “I think that rape is horrific, sexual assault is horrific, I think it happens in war situations. However, I think we have to be balanced about bringing in the outrages against Palestinians — 15,000 Palestinians have been killed.” (The number of deaths cited essentially being Hamas talking points.)

Fox News correspondent Jacqui Heinrich asked KJP during the White House daily press briefing Monday if that was “an appropriate comment.”

“I can only speak for the president — that’s who I can speak for,” Jean-Pierre replied. “We’ve been clear that what Hamas did is absolutely reprehensible, full stop. We’re going to continue to be clear about that.”

“We think rape and the use of rape — being used as a weapon — that is also reprehensible and that’s full stop and I’ll just leave it there,” she continued. “That’s speaking for the president of the United States and I think I’ve been very clear on that.”

When Heinrich pressed for any reaction to Jayapal, she dodged the question entirely.

“I just commented on it. I just laid out what we believe is unacceptable,” Jean-Pierre said.

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