Karine Jean-Pierre Mocked Over Claims Fentanyl at the Border at Historic Lows: ‘They Think You’re Stupid’
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was the object of criticism and derision after falsely claiming fentanyl levels at the border are at “historic lows.”
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy at a recent press briefing addressed a horrific story about two Americans who were killed during a violent kidnapping by what is believed to be members of a Mexican drug cartel.
The two victims were part of a group including two other Americans who came under gunfire as they crossed from Brownsville, Texas, into the Mexican city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, last week.
“So cartels kill Americans on this side of the border with drugs, and now they’re killing Americans on the other side of the border with guns,” Doocy confronted. “Why is President Biden so comfortable with cartels operating so close to the U.S.?”
Jean-Pierre’s response was to downplay the crisis at the border and claim fentanyl is under control.
“Because of the work that this president has done, because of what we’ve done specifically on fentanyl at the border, it’s at historic lows — historic levels that we have been able to record a number of personnel working to secure the border because of what we’ve been able to do, seizing that fentanyl,” Jean-Pierre said.
“We’ve done it in a historic way. That’s because of what this President has done.”
DOOCY TIME: “Cartels kill Americans on this side of the border w/drugs & now they’re killing Americans on the other side…w/guns. Why is President Biden so comfortable w/cartels operating so close to the U.S.?”
KJP: “Well, let’s be very clear…[fentanyl] is at historic lows” pic.twitter.com/b79tBzU6l6
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 7, 2023
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Karine Jean-Pierre Blasted Over Claims Fentanyl at Border at Historic Lows
Karine Jean-Pierre’s comments on fentanyl at the border did not escape scrutiny from critics who pointed out she was being just short of honest.
“Possible misspeak? In no way is fentanyl at ‘historic lows’. Seizures and ODs have hit record highs,” Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin, who has been at the forefront of reporting on the border crisis, tweeted.
It’s possible, of course. But then again, most of Jean-Pierre’s ‘misspeaks’ are intentional. Back in the old days we referred to these as “lies.”
Melugin pointed out that the administration seems to be suggesting that the record number of seizures is a good thing. Because in their minds, not an ounce of it is actually getting into the country if the immense quantities are being seized.
Possible misspeak? In no way is fentanyl at “historic lows”. Seizures and ODs have hit record highs.
KJP appears to be implying that record high seizures are a good thing. It’s a double edged sword. Border officials will tell you they only catch a fraction of what comes… https://t.co/rRU2RYlMEv
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) March 7, 2023
Fox News host Jesse Watters suggested Jean-Pierre’s comments are a sure indicator that she “needs to get her brain checked.”
JUST IN: @FoxNews host @JesseBWatters says @WhiteHouse @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre “needs to get her brain checked” after claiming that Fentanyl killing Americans daily is at “historic lows”. Jesse was reacting to the horrific killing of two kidnapped Americans in Mexico. pic.twitter.com/FwCV8LJGnY
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) March 8, 2023
First, in order to check it, one would have to locate it.
Comedian Tim Young summed it up best, noting they say these things for one particular reason: “They think you’re stupid.”
They think you’re stupid. https://t.co/24rnlm2pvp
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 7, 2023
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And Then There’s Reality
Downplaying the border crisis has been a hallmark of this administration. They know it’s being overrun with drugs and illegals and they simply don’t care. It’s intentional.
But the disgusting display by the President and his team has been taken up a notch in recent days.
Aside from his administration falsely claiming fentanyl is at “historic lows,” President Biden was heard laughing about a story about a woman whose two sons died from a fentanyl overdose.
Here’s Joe Biden laughing at the expense of a mother who lost two sons to fentanyl. pic.twitter.com/d2UNDtpxOO
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 2, 2023
The mother referred to President Biden as a “horrible human being” and demanded an apology.
Joe Biden laughed about the deaths of this mother’s two sons.
“What a horrible human being. How can he sit there and joke about it?!”
“What kind of a person does that?!” pic.twitter.com/29NdGRg39V
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) March 2, 2023
Jean-Pierre claimed Biden’s comments were “mischaracterized” and the story was little more than “conspiracy theories,” indicating the likelihood of an apology was slim to none.
According to Biden’s own DEA Administrator Anne Milgram, however, cartels are “killing Americans with fentanyl at catastrophic and record rates like we’ve never seen before.”
Biden’s DEA Administrator Anne Milgram: Cartels in Mexico are smuggling fentanyl into the U.S. and “killing Americans with fentanyl at catastrophic and record rates like we’ve never seen before.”pic.twitter.com/UuQMCsZSas
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 19, 2022
Overdoses, fueled by a surge in fentanyl, are currently the number one killer of Americans ages 18 to 45.
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