PSAKI frequently cites judgment from “history books” when discussing Russian invasion, voting rights

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki has provided nearly identical answers in recent months when answering reporters’ questions about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Democrats’ efforts to federalize election laws.

In at least five separate cases, Psaki said Russia and its economic allies should think about how they want to be remembered in the history books and which side of history they would like to fall on when pressed by the global response to the war in Ukraine. .

Psaki was asked on Friday why President Biden did not make specific demands of Chinese President Xi Jinping that morning during their conversation about Vladimir Putin’s recent attacks on Ukrainian cities. She suggested that China might be intimidated by how it will be judged in the story.


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“Because China has to decide for itself where it wants to stand and how it wants the history books to look at them and see their actions,” Psaki said.

Just a day earlier, Psaki had posed another question about China’s relationship with Russia, arguing that it is for any country to know “where you want to be as the books go. of history are written”.

Just two days before that, on March 15, Psaki was asked about the possibility of India accepting Russia’s offer to supply him with crude oil at a discount. The White House press secretary urged India and other countries considering business opportunities with Russia to consider where they stand “when the history books are written at this time.” She added that support for Russian leadership is tantamount to support for the invasion of Ukraine.


On February 25, just a day after Putin first attacked Ukraine, Psaki again gave a similar response, saying “every country” should consider “which side of history” it wants to be on then. that the conflict escalates.

Two days later, Psaki joined Jonathan Capehart on MSNBC to discuss China’s alliance with Russia.

“It’s really time for each country to decide which part of history they want to stand on,” Psaki said. Moments later, she urged China’s leaders to look at themselves and “assess where they want to be as the history books are written.”

This is not the first time that PSAKI has repeatedly used such language to condemn a specific group when discussing current events. On Jan. 6, the first anniversary of the 2021 Capitol riot, NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker asked Psaki about the “acute partisan divide” growing in the United States and whether Biden had done enough to unify the country since taking office.

U.S. President Joe Biden removes his face mask before speaking at the Atlanta University Center Consortium in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

U.S. President Joe Biden removes his face mask before speaking at the Atlanta University Center Consortium in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
(Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

PSAki quickly pivoted to criticize Republicans who supported the idea that Biden’s election was illegitimate.

“We’re talking about some Republicans in Congress, not all, far, far too many, who we and the president think need to look at themselves and think about what role they want to play in the history books. When their children and grandchildren consult the history books, do they want to perpetuate the big lie? she asked.

On January 13, while answering a question about suffrage legislation, PSAKI said members of Congress will soon have the opportunity to vote and determine “which side of history they want to be on.”


She made a similar comment about voting rights legislation two days earlier when she said members of Congress need to “look carefully” at where they want to be “at this point in history.”

That same day, Biden echoed Psaki’s words in Georgia when he claimed in a speech that every member of the Senate would be “judged by history” on their position before and after the vote on federal election changes.

The rhetoric is reminiscent of former President Obama – under whom Biden served as Vice President – who frequently lambasted opponents as being “on the wrong side of history.”

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