Donald Trump‘s former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday she is tired of successor Jen Psaki‘s ‘bad news’ press briefings and compared her to the infamous Saturday Night Live character Debbie Downer.
McEnany was co-hosting her Fox News show Outnumbered when she turned on Joe Biden‘s press secretary for giving grim updates to reporters on Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine, rising gas prices and inflation.
Gas prices have soared to their highest in history and inflation is at a 40-year peak under Biden, while Psaki has been interrogated for almost a month about how Biden will respond to the horrors Russia has inflicted on Ukraine.
‘Do you remember that SNL character, Debbie Downer? Every time I turn on the press briefing it’s Deeeeeebbie downer.’
She was referring to the sketch character played by Rachel Dratch, who was always depressed, negative, lethargic and pessimistic in her segments.
Downer was introduced by the song: ‘You’re enjoying your day, everything’s going your way, then along comes Debbie Downer. Always there to tell you ’bout a new disease, a car accident, or killer bees. You’ll beg her to spare you, ‘Debbie, please!’ but you can’t stop Debbie Downer.’
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Donald Trump’s former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday she is tired of successor Jen Psaki’s ‘bad news’ press briefings and compared her to the infamous Saturday Night Live character Debbie Downer
McEnany was co-hosting her Fox News show Outnumbered when she turned on Joe Biden’s press secretary for giving grim updates to reporters on Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, rising gas prices and inflation
‘You know, Putin is about to invade — oh, he might use chemical weapons. Oh, expect inflation, oh, higher gas prices on the way,’ McEnany continued.
‘It’s like, we did not elect you to do the status quo, read the tea leaves, we elected you to change the status quo. I’m tired of Debbie Downer.
‘Make those events not happen by being strong on the world stage and fixing problems here at home.’
The former press secretary, who was a frequent fixture of Trump’s COVID briefings towards the end of his time in office, was responding to her colleague Carley Shimkus criticizing Biden for blaming Putin for high gas prices and the ongoing fears there will be a food shortage because of the war.
‘Inflation is at a four-year high. That doesn’t happen overnight,” she said. “And you know the president said that he’s going to try and get U.S. farmers to ramp up food production to try to lower prices because of this wheat shortage, but that’s going to be really hard to do because a lot of farmers are maxed out.’
Shimkus added that fertilizer costs have soared because of inflation, and the White House has offered little solutions.
McEnany was referring to the sketch character played by Rachel Dratch, who was always depressed, negative, lethargic and pessimistic in her segments
Biden has blamed Putin for higher gas prices and has consistently warned that their would be an economic cost to Americans during the invasion – even though gas prices have been rising since he entered office.
Psaki was supposed to travel with Biden to Brussels for the NATO summit and Poland to meet US troops and refugees, before she tested positive for COVID on Tuesday.
She was forced into quarantine for five days and Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre went in her place.
Psaki did make headlines when she suggested to Hillary Clinton, who also tested positive, that she watch Netflix’s ‘Inventing Anna’, the series about convicted con artist Anna Sorokin, while in isolation.
The scammer was quick to gloat in an interview with DailyMail.com Wednesday, while also revealing she has been granted an emergency stay to block a deportation order filed last month.
‘BTW Jen Psaki just said on Twitter that she’s watching Inventing Anna and recommended it to Hillary Clinton,’ Anna said during an interview while in custody in upstate New York.
‘[I’m] happy to hear that Jen Psaki is enjoying me during her “Netflix and quarantine” time out.
‘Also just got a stay from ICE and wondering if the two are somehow connected.’
On Thursday Biden warned the global food shortage would be ‘real’ with the ongoing invasion and crippling impact of the sanctions he has put on Russians.
Psaki was supposed to travel with Biden to Brussels for the NATO summit and Poland to meet US troops and refugees, before she tested positive for COVID on Tuesday. He eats pizza with American soldiers from the 82nd Airborne division in Poland on Friday
Biden’s dire approval shows no signs of a rebound: Just 34% of Americans approve in poll trusted by Democrats – while another survey shows most voters blame him for inflation and gas prices
A fresh slew of polls this week shows the White House might be in trouble.
A new poll from a trusted Democratic source finds that not 3 in 10 Americans believe the economy will get better one year from now and just 34 percent approve of President Biden’s job in office.
The poll was conducted by J. Ann Selzer for Grinnell College in Iowa. Selzer’s polls of Iowa voters have a reputation of high accuracy, especially by Democrats who caucus in Iowa before any other state.
While 34 percent approve of Biden’s job in office, 52 percent disapprove and 14 percent do not have an opinion. Thirty-seven percent approve of Biden’s handling of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 47 percent approve of his handling of Covid-19 and 31 percent approve of his job with the economy.
Meanwhile, only 27 percent of Americans believe the economy will get better 12 months from now, down 10 points from March 2021.
Biden still captures a majority of his own party 70 percent approve of his job, while 89 percent of Republicans disapprove.
While 34 percent approve of Biden’s job in office, 52 percent disapprove and 14 percent do not have an opinion
Thirty-seven percent approve of Biden’s handling of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, 47 percent approve of his handling of Covid-19 and 31 percent approve of his job with the economy
Selzer said she found it interesting that a whole 14 percent of Americans had no opinion on Biden. ‘It seems unlikely that Joe Biden isn’t well known enough to make a judgment. I believe this is a reflection of the high level of uncertainty everywhere – the war in Ukraine, inflation, COVID-19 and more.’
The poll numbers could spell trouble for Democrats in upcoming elections, as midterms are historically a referendum on the presidency. The party not in the White House also has a historical advantage.
Meanwhile, Americans remain relatively united in their opinion of what the nation’s posture toward Ukraine should be. Seventy-seven percent of Americans believe the nation should allow Ukrainian refugees to resettle here. Biden announced 100,000 Ukrainians would be welcomed on Thursday.
At the same time, 72 percent support sending U.S. weapons to Ukraine, but 70 percent are against sending U.S. troops into battle. Americans are more divided on a instituting a no-fly zone over Ukraine, 52 percent oppose it. Doing so would mean NATO troops would have to move in to Ukraine with orders to shoot down Russian planes.