She just wasn’t willing to say it. White House Press Secretary was not willing to admit the truth about why Cubans are seeking to flee the dictatorial socialist regime.
A recent spontaneous uprising led to thousands of Cubans taking to the streets, which was repressed by the state police. On Wednesday, she was confronted by Fox News’ Peter Doocy on whether the Biden administration can bring itself to say the “c-word” (communism) as being responsible for the Cuban’s plight.
Doocy first referred to an earlier statement about DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warning Cubans seeking to come to the United States: Do not come here “illegally.”
“Allow me to be clear, if you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States,” Mayorkas said. “Again, I repeat, do not risk your life attempting to enter the United States illegally. You will not come to the United States.”
Jen Psaki thumbed through her notes and said “it’s important to understand the context of what the Secretary was conveying yesterday.”
Of course, the ‘missing context’ is actually that the Democratic Party doesn’t want potential Republican voters coming to America, even if they are legitimately fleeing political persecution.
“It is still the case that it is not the way to come to the United States,” Psaki answered without a hint of irony, “is not through, through processes of trying to come to the border, that, without going through an asylum process, or coming by sea, without going through an asylum application process,” she stumbled. “There are certainly programs… through which that some have been, have not been reinstated, I should say, that were in place, put in place by the Trump administration that are being reviewed, as he said yesterday, that would apply to the individuals and the people of Haiti and the people of Cuba as well.”
Peter Doocy followed up on Psaki’s meandering response.
“And as the Biden administration tries to figure out the root causes of migration to the country, don’t we know that the reason people want to leave Cuba is because they don’t like communism?” he asked.
She grinned awkwardly and stood silently, then held off on making a remark.
“I am not sure what your question is,” she claimed. She continued to act dumbfounded and press Doocy.
“Why are people leaving Cuba or what is the process for them getting here?” she asked.
“Again, do you think people are leaving Cuba because they don’t like communism?” Doocy repeated.
“I think we’ve been pretty clear… they are opposed to the oppression to the mismanagement of the government in the country,” she said.
That is not being clear. The political system of communism is inherently oppressive, dictatorial, and corrupt. That the Biden administration cannot bring itself to admit that fact is in itself disturbing.
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