Doocy cited a report by a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) that said the country took in Afghan evacuees not fully vetted by the government. The press secretary disputed the report, claiming the U.S. government imposed a “rigorous and multi-layered” screening and vetting process.
He then questioned her on whether “MAGA [Make America Great Again] Republicans” or DHS-listed national security threats pose a bigger threat to the U.S.
“So in the last week or so, we’ve heard the president calling elected Republicans a threat to the country,” he said. “Does he think MAGA Republicans are more of a threat to the country than people DHS says may pose a risk to national security and the safety of local communities?”
“Again, DHS has disputed this report and it said it didn’t take into account the key steps that we have taken as a U.S. government, the rigorous, multi-layered screening and vetting process that we take as a government,” she replied. “That was not part of the report. Again, this report is not accurate, I know that our team has spoken to your team about this and the DHS has provided a comment saying just that. So again, I refer you to DHS.”
The DHS report that Doocy is referring to shows that the government was not able to collect basic information on every refugee, including names, birthdays, and identification. The report (that you can view for yourself here) clearly states that many Afghan’s records were incomplete. DHS has deemed the situation a major ‘risk to national security.
Doocy’s question referenced President Joe Biden’s recent remarks that elected “MAGA Republicans” “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” He also said they have attacked Americans’ “fundamental rights” to privacy, contraception, abortion, and marriage equality.
“MAGA Republicans have made their choice. They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth, but in the shadow of lies. Together, we can choose a different path,” the president said Thursday.
Ultimately, Jean-Pierre defended Biden’s rhetoric despite spending the last two weeks walking back his anti-MAGA speeches. I don’t think there is any doubt that this presidency finds MAGA republicans a bigger threat than actual potential terrorists.