KJP snaps at Don Lemon when the two lock horns over Biden’s ‘semi-fascism’ remarks

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre got into it with CNN host Don Lemon when he asked her to clarify a divisive remark made by President Joe Biden about Republicans.

The two locked horns while discussing the “semi-fascism” of the GOP, as dubbed by Biden.

“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden remarked at a fundraiser in Maryland on Thursday. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”

“What exactly is semi-fascism, Karine?” Lemon asked, giving the press secretary the opportunity to clarify the remark.
“Thank you for having me because this is really important,” she replied. “The American people have a choice in front of them and the president laid that out very clearly, very powerfully tonight. When you look at what Democrats are doing and what they are delivering, and what they have done, Don, in less than two years, which is lowering costs on prescription drugs, lowering the energy costs, making sure that we have this historic legislation to really deal with [the] climate crisis. All of these things are important —”
This is where things started to unravel, as Lemon interrupted her to try to get her back on point. Something that Jean-Pierre didn’t seem to like.
“And they are,” Lemon interjected. “Karine, I want to get to all of those things with all due respect, but we have a short time. I’m going to get to all those things, but if you’ll answer my question.”
“I am,” Jean-Pierre retorted. “I was just about to get to your question. I really was… You brought me on the show for a reason. And I have to talk about — “
“I understand that, I just have limited time with you,” Lemon interrupted once more. “I just want to make sure that we get all the answers.”
“Well, by having this back and forth, we are actually taking away from the time. So here we go,” she snarked before finally getting to the point.
“So what we’re seeing from Republicans and what we have seen from Republicans these past several years is that they are attacking our democracy. They are taking away our freedom. And they are trying to put on the chopping blocks Medicare and Social Security. That’s what we are seeing, and it’s being done — if you look at the Republican Party, it is being done by this element, this MAGA element of the Republican Party. And that is what we are trying to prevent. That’s what you heard from the president today,” the press secretary explained.


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