Psaki Makes It Personal, Says Biden’s Tumbling Approval Rating Is the Fault of One Key Group of Americans

White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question Friday about President Joe Biden’s tumbling approval ratings by appearing to make a personal attack on Americans who have not yet gotten a COVID vaccine.

“I know you’ve mentioned COVID before, but is it also because of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan?” a reporter asked. “Is it the stalled agenda for President Biden? What do you suppose is the reason that we’ve seen this slide in the President’s approval ratings?”

“Well, a lot of people in this room work for organizations that have done polls, and there’s a lot of underlying data in them. And sometimes it differs,” she stated. “So, I would just go back to what our view is — is that we’re still going through a hard time in this country, and people are tired of fighting a pandemic.

“They’re tired of the impact on their lives. Some of them are sick and tired of people who won’t get vaccinated, who they feel are impacting their ability to live life in a normal way. Some people are still fearful for loved ones,” Psaki continued.

“And we all thought that it would be over at this point in time. Obviously, the Delta variant and other factors have led to — this to be extended,” she added.

“So, there’s no question that the fatigue with COVID is impacting people around the country.  The President understands that; he’s empathetic to that,” she added.

“And he knows that the best thing he can do is help get COVID under control, continue to work to address some fundamental issues in our economy, put people back to work, and that’s what he’s focused on every day.”

Earlier this month, Psaki used the same line of reasoning to explain away polling at that time showing the president’s approval rating declining.

“I know you’ve mentioned COVID before, but is it also because of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan?” a reporter asked Psaki on Friday. “Is it the stalled agenda for President Biden? What do you suppose is the reason that we’ve seen this slide in the President’s approval ratings?”

“Well, a lot of people in this room work for organizations that have done polls, and there’s a lot of underlying data in them. And sometimes it differs,” Psaki claimed. “So, I would just go back to what our view is — is that we’re still going through a hard time in this country, and people are tired of fighting a pandemic. They’re tired of the impact on their lives.

She then added: “Some of them are sick and tired of people who won’t get vaccinated, who they feel are impacting their ability to live life in a normal way. Some people are still fearful for loved ones. And we all thought that it would be over at this point in time. Obviously, the Delta variant and other factors have led to — this to be extended.”

“No question that’s having an impact,” said Psaki without further elaboration.

“And, of course, as the president has said, the buck stops with him,” she noted further. “That’s far and away the biggest issue on the minds of the American people, and it’s impacting a lot of issues.

“We’ve talked a little bit about the supply chain.  We’ve talked about, you know, people’s safety and feeling in the workforce. And so, our focus is — yes, not — not exactly on the day-to-day up and downs of the polls; our focus is on getting the pandemic under control, returning to life — a version of normal — so people can have security in going into work and dropping their kids off and knowing people will be safe. And that’s where we think we should spend our time and energy.”