New White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is accused of spreading disinformation by conservatives who dug up her old tweets.
Conservative commentators and journalists from right-wing news outlets have turned their attention to Jean-Pierre’s social media story days after she was tapped to succeed Jen Psaki as President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman from Friday. Criticism of Jean-Pierre, currently deputy chief press secretary, seeks to flip the script on Biden allies who have accused Republicans of trafficking conspiracy theories.
“(A) A look at her old tweets shows she’s an election denial conspiracy theorist, peddling misinformation,” wrote Kylee Zempel, editor at the conservative Federalist, in an article published Monday.
Zempel highlighted a tweet by Jean-Pierre in 2016 after Donald Trump was elected president. “Stolen election…welcome to the world of #unpresided Trump,” tweeted Jean-Pierre, then working for progressive advocacy group MoveOn.
Jean-Pierre was among a nationwide chorus of progressives sounding the alarm about Russian interference in the 2016 election. She also tweeted that Trump was “a regrettable illegitimate president.”
Also on Twitter, Jean-Pierre sided with Democrat Stacey Abrams when she refused to concede Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election, allegedly alleging widespread voter suppression. Zempel wrote that Jean-Pierre had “a habit of undermining the legitimacy of elections”.
Democrats have slammed Trump and his allies for claiming the 2020 election was marred by widespread voter fraud, even as the former president lost about 60 lawsuits and his own attorney general dismissed the lawsuit.
“Here is the truth: A former President of the United States created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election,” Biden said on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 uprising.
But Zempel wrote, “There is a conspiracy theorist in Biden’s inner circle who is spreading misinformation about our election and undermining our political process of self-government — and she just got promoted.”
Democrats have also accused social media companies of allowing conspiracy theories and disinformation to thrive. Recently, a Biden administration program to combat disinformation was vandalized by conservatives, who dubbed it the “Ministry of Truth,” echoing George Orwell’s dystopia 1984 Novel.
Right-wing commentator Mark Dice responded to Jean-Pierre’s old tweet, saying she should “be banned from the internet because she undermines our democracy. Fair is fair.”
A Fox News article also pointed to Jean-Pierre’s tweets, saying she “fueled collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in the early years of Trump’s presidency.”
Although a special counsel never found out that Trump was collaborating with Russia, a federal investigation led to indictments against more than 30 people. In August 2020, the then-Republican-led members of the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report that found numerous contacts between Trump and Russia.
The report concluded, “The involvement of Trump and his associates in and enabling this Russian activity constitutes one of the most serious counterintelligence threats to American national security in the modern era.”
news week has reached out to the White House for comment.
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