To say he lacks that in White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is the ultimate understatement.
In her latest cringe-inducing episode, Jean-Pierre was asked to speak on the deaths of three soldiers in an Iran-linked drone strike and offered this alphabet soup to a national morning audience: “Our deepest condolences go out and our heartfelt condolences go out to the families who lost three brave folks who are military folks who are brave who are always fighting and are fighting on behalf of this administration of the American people obviously more so importantly.”
Putting aside the awful grammatical redundancies, those in uniform are never fighting “on behalf of this administration” — they are fighting for their country!
Earlier in the week, Jean-Pierre was asked whether Texas was violating a Supreme Court decision on the placement of barbed-wire barriers at the border: Her response — “Well, I mean, the Supreme Court is the highest, you know, court of the land. . . . It’s the law. It is literally the law.” — explained nothing.
Actual answer: No, Texas is not defying the Supreme Court — which upended Texas’ injunction against the administration removing the state’s barbed-wire fences but otherwise allowed its challenges on administration border policy to continue.
This isn’t just a one-off situation.
Jean-Pierre’s shortcomings have been on display all 18 months she’s been on the job.
She drags her huge briefing book into pressers but rarely shows she understands the nuances of the policies she’s trying to explain and defend.