On Monday, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki about whether President Joe Biden might reach out to Trump to invite him to participate in a public service announcement encouraging vaccinations against COVID-19, as though one of the main things holding Trump back is that Biden hasn’t been nice enough to him, or something. Notably, Biden’s not the one who, at least for a time, seemingly sat back and watched as his supporters violently attacked an arm of the U.S. government in the name of keeping the other guy from gaining power. That was Trump. Psaki promptly dismantled Doocy’s nonsense.
Doocy asked as follows:
‘As COVID-19 cases rise, if this is becoming a pandemic of the un-vaccinated and you guys are having a hard time getting a certain part of the population to go get the shot, would President Biden ever call former President Trump and say, I need your help; let’s cut a PSA and tell people to go do it?’
Psaki replied with the following:
‘First I would say that what we’ve seen in our data is that the most trusted voices are local officials, doctors, medical experts, civic leaders, clergy from time to time, and that is where we have really invested our funding and our resources. We’ve seen almost every former president play a role in putting out a PSA, making sure people understood in the country that the vaccine is safe and effective. We don’t believe that requires an embroidered invitation to be a part of. But certainly any role of anyone who has a platform where they can provide information to the public that the vaccine is safe, it is effective, we don’t see this as a political issue. We’d certainly welcome that engagement.’
Check out Psaki’s comments below:
Peter Doocy asks Jen Psaki if Biden might reach out to Trump and ask for his help to get more people vaccinated pic.twitter.com/VKelv3ReUx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 19, 2021
Doocy has made somewhat of a name for himself with his dubious questions. Recently, he alleged that the Biden administration had been “spying” on Americans after Psaki noted that about a dozen people have been found to be main spreaders of vaccine misinformation on social media. In reality, looking at public content on social media just doesn’t constitute “spying” according to any reasonable sense of the word. It just doesn’t. In addition, the original source for that data wasn’t even the Biden administration! It was a study conducted by an organization called the Center for Countering Digital Hate — in other words, not the Biden administration.