White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was mocked and ridiculed online after claiming that the Dobbs decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling was unconstitutional.
Jean-Pierre made the comments during the White House media briefing on Wednesday.
“From day one, when the Supreme Court made this extreme decision to take away a constitutional right, it was an unconstitutional action by them, a right that was around for almost 50 years, a right that women had to make a decision on their bodies and how they want to start their families,” she said.
Democrats and others on the left have been in an uproar since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 ruling and sent the decision on abortion rights to be decided by each individual state. Numerous abortion clinics have shut down all across the country while those seeking abortions have been forced to cross state lines to do so.
Critics of the Biden administration mocked the statement from Jean-Pierre.
“She is not the first self-appointed tenth justice but may be the first White House Press Secretary to make such Article III judgments,” replied legal analyst Jonathan Turley.
“This woman may be the dumbest press secretary ever employed by a White House and I remember Scott McClellan,” tweeted talk radio host Erick Erickson.
“It honestly feels cruel to put her on the podium and make her answer questions each day,” responded Abigail Marone, press secretary for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).
“A lot of you are dunking on her for this, but just feel lucky she didn’t say it was disinformation. Or domestic extremism. Or factcheckers rated this false. Or whatever other words they’re using for ‘things I don’t like’ this week,” replied security advisor Omri Ceren.
“Tell me you don’t understand the purpose of the Supreme Court without telling me you don’t understand the purpose of the Supreme Court,” read one response.
While abortion supporters claim that the right to abortion has been established through precedent of numerous cases since Roe v. Wade, even some on the left have admitted that the legal basis of the 1973 decision was shaky.
Here’s the full video of Jean-Pierre’s media briefing:
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds press briefing