‘We invite the team’: KJP gives vague response when asked if Harrison Butker is still invited to WH

So far, the White House has avoided jumping into the Harrison Butker controversy with the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs expected to pay a visit for the traditional ceremony honoring winning sports teams.

The team’s longtime kicker has been at the center of a left-wing firestorm after the devoutly Christian player’s remarks at a Catholic college in which he was critical of “degenerate cultural values” and President Joe Biden’s role in promoting them.

At Friday’s daily press briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was put on the spot by a CNN reporter on whether Butker will be welcomed in the building when the rest of the team visits on a date that has yet to be announced.

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“Can we still assume that the Kansas City Chiefs will be visiting the White House this year in celebration of their Super Bowl victory?” CNN senior White House correspondent MJ Lee asked Biden’s top spox.

Jean-Pierre answered by saying that members of title-winning teams are usually invited to meet with whoever the president is at the time and that the invitation includes all members of the team.

“So what I can say is all of the team per usual when there is a champion…a championship, a team gets invited, I don’t have anything to add on their attendance or how that looks but the team is always invited,” Jean-Pierre responded. “Everyone on the team is invited, I just don’t have anything beyond that.”

Lee persisted. “So can you confirm — you said everyone on the team is obviously invited. Is the Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker welcomed at this White House?”

“What I can say is we invite the entire team and we do that always. I don’t have anything beyond that,” Jean-Pierre replied.

“Given his recent comments, is he specifically welcomed at this point in time?” Lee asked, desperately fishing for a news hook.

“We invite the team, we invite the team,” Jean-Pierre responded. “It’s an invitation that goes to the team, and so it’s up to the team who comes and doesn’t come. It’s the way it usually works.”

“The bad policies and poor leadership have negatively impacted major life issues. Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, as well as a growing support for the degenerate cultural values and media all stem from pervasiveness of disorder, “Butker told the audience at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

“Our own nation is led by a man who publicly and proudly proclaims his Catholic faith, but at the same time is delusional enough to make the sign of the cross during a pro-abortion rally,” the kicker added, referring to Biden.

“He has been so vocal in his support for the murder of innocent babies that I’m sure to many people, it appears you can both Catholic and pro-choice,” Butker said. “He is not alone. From the man behind the COVID lockdowns, to the people pushing dangerous gender ideologies onto the youth of America, they all have a glaring thing in common — they are Catholic. This is an important reminder that being Catholic alone doesn’t cut it.”

The remarks come as Biden and Democrats have made abortion the central issue of their campaign, counting on the emotional punch to get women to vote against raging inflation and their own economic self-interests to keep him in office.

Chris Donaldson

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