The sweet smell of intra-party venom is back in the air in the spring of 2023, as we begin to prepare ourselves for the sting of yet another presidential electoral cycle.
This time around things are going to get ugly; there’s just no two ways about it. Donald Trump, still furious over the alleged malfeasance of the last go-round, will need to defend his status as the presumptive GOP nominee against at least Nikki Haley, (officially), and Ron DeSantis, (almost certainly).
On the left side of things, the Democrats will need to decide if Joe Biden is truly to fit to run, and they’ll need to do so under the watchful eye of a White House that has no qualms about quashing his would-be usurpers.
In fact, they’ve already begun, with the White House Press Secretary drawing heat for a wisecrack she made about a 2024 Democratic presidential candidate this week.
So on Tuesday, she criticized Jean-Pierre on Twitter for “speaking so derisively and in such mocking terms about someone who is running for president of the United States, and as a woman.”
It all started when a reporter asked the press secretary if President Joe Biden was “frustrated” that Williamson had declared her candidacy rather than giving him a clear field for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In true spin-doctor fashion, Jean-Pierre attempted to minimize what, if any, threat Wililamson might present to Biden’s reelection chances by casually dismissing the premise of the question.
“We’re just not tracking that,” she said, before tweaking Williamson’s New Age sentiments. “If I had a, what’s it called? A little globe here, a crystal ball, then I can tell you, a Magic 8 Ball, whatever. If I could feel her aura. I just don’t have anything to share on that.”
The joke received at least a few laughs from the press corps, but Williamson was patently vexed by the comment.
Williamson claimed she “was so sad” to see Jean-Pierre’s commentary and claimed the reference to crystal balls and auras was off-base since she’s “never spoken or written about” either topic.
Although the author said Biden was a “nice man,” she said she felt Jean-Pierre’s banter was a sign that the White House “doesn’t share my commitment to the high ground.”
She also claimed that Jean-Pierre’s comment was meant to push her “out of the conversation.”
“This is not just about me. They’re not just telling me to get away, flick her off like a mosquito,” she said. “It’s is about you. It’s about anyone who, first of all, I think, has faith and takes faith seriously — or is it just about any woman who speaks out of turn?”
Williamson has been struggling with her reputation for years, having to dispel what she called her image as a “crystal, woo-woo lady” during her 2020 presidential effort.
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