KJP rudely blows off reporter after giving non-answer to question about religious discrimination

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre blew off a reporter asking if the Respect for Marriage Act will enable discrimination against religious leaders.

Owen Jensen from Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) asked Jean-Pierre on Monday if the legislation, which was ostensibly drafted to protect marriage equality, would result in “discrimination” against religious organizations and leaders.

“We know the Respect for Marriage Act is going to be signed tomorrow on the South Lawn. But, you know — and the president himself, he told me the other day that he disagrees with Catholic bishops. The bishops, of course, believe that it will harm religious freedom,” Jensen began his question. “That said, this is going to be signed; we know it’s a done deal. But what does the president say to religious organizations who fear they will now be targeted or discriminated against by the government for their beliefs in traditional marriage?”

Instead of answering his question openly and honestly, Jean-Pierre told him to remember that the signing of the legislation will be “really important” for “many Americans.”

“So, look, you know, on his first day in — in the White House, the president signed an executive order on preventing the — combating discrim- — discrimination against LGBTQI+ Americans, and that EO has led key agencies, including HUD, HHS, ED, DOJ, and CB- — CFPB, to strengthen non-discrimination protections in housing, healthcare, education, criminal systems, and credit and lending services,” she said.

“And so, I say that because he has been so committed to this issue from the beginning of his administration. And when you — when you look at this piece of legislation that has been passed, it actually addresses, also, the question that you’re asking and takes that into account,” she continued, but not specifying how it answers his question.

“But, look, this is going to be — tomorrow is going to be a really important day for many Americans, millions of Americans across the country. And I think we cannot forget that.”

Not satisfied with the answer he got, Jensen attempted to ask a follow-up question for clarification.

“But the bishops say the protections are insufficient. They’re — I just wanted — if I could just follow-” he started before being interrupted.

“Look, I’m going to move on. I’m going to move on,” the press secretary said.

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