The big story of the week in Washington, D.C., was the shocking leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court that showed a majority of justices would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that enshrined the right to an abortion. President Joe Biden immediately went on the warpath as the White House refused to say whether Biden would accept such a ruling as “legitimate.”
Meanwhile, in dystopian news, the Department of Justice announced the creation of the “Office of Environmental Justice,” hot on the heels of the birth of the “Disinformation Governance Board.”
And the replacement for White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki — who will soon be departing to work as another liberal talking head at MSNBC — was finally announced.
Orwell Rolls Over
George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” features the Ministry of Truth, which feeds propaganda to the masses; the Ministry of Peace, which wages war; the Ministry of Love, which propagates fear via Big Brother; and the Ministry of Plenty, which—shocker—rations food and goods.
Biden is following in Orwell’s footsteps, creating his own deliberately misleading ministries.
The Department of Justice this week announced it is establishing a new “Office of Environmental Justice.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland said the office will “oversee and help guide the Justice Department’s wide-ranging environmental justice efforts.”
He went on to claim climate change is racist. “Although violations of our environmental laws can happen anywhere, communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities often bear the brunt of the harm caused by environmental crime, pollution, and climate change,” Garland said.
The move follows another by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which created the Orwellian-themed Disinformation Governance Board, charged with deciding what truth is.
That move brought firm resistance from top law enforcement officials across the country, with 20 state attorneys general firing off a stern letter to the DHS secretary.
“The existence of the Disinformation Governance Board will inevitably have a chilling effect on free speech. Americans will hesitate before they voice their constitutionally protected opinions, knowing that the government’s censors may be watching, and some will decide it is safer to keep their opinions to themselves,” the letter stated.
“This Board is un-American, anti-democratic, and a dangerous escalation of the Biden Administration’s embrace of government-endorsed censorship,” the attorneys general wrote.
“Unless you turn back now and disband this Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board immediately, the undersigned will have no choice but to consider judicial remedies to protect the rights of their citizens,” the letter concluded.
Roe v. Wade v. Everyone
In a draft Supreme Court opinion that leaked on Monday, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start” and “we hold that Roe … must be overruled.”
“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” he added. “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.”
President Joe Biden immediately started pumping out the hyperbole, saying that LGBTQ students might be banned from classrooms if the leaked draft opinion goes into effect. He also warned that the opinion could be a slippery slope to retracting gay marriage.
The White House, meanwhile, refused to say whether Biden would support such a SCOTUS ruling. Asked whether the president would take the decision as “legitimate,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “Well, I can’t speak for what actions could be possible on the legal front, I would point you to the Department of Justice on that.”
Vice President Kamala Harris — ostensibly a woman, even if we don’t know for sure how she identifies — jumped into the fray, saying: “What is clear is that the opponents of Roe want to punish women and take away their rights to make decisions about their own bodies. Republican legislators in states across the country are weaponizing the use of the law against women.”
And thank God “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg weighed in, claiming she knows definitively where Biden stands, saying he “is a Roman Catholic” and “he does not believe in abortion.”
Phew. Okay, matter settled.
Psaki Bails Out
The White House officially announced on Thursday that White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will take over for Press Secretary Jen Psaki on May 13.
Psaki has reportedly been negotiating a new job on MSNBC after her departure.
“Jen Psaki has set the standard for returning decency, respect and decorum to the White House Briefing Room,” Biden said in a statement. “I want to say thank you to Jen for raising the bar, communicating directly and truthfully to the American people, and keeping her sense of humor while doing so. I thank Jen her service to the country, and wish her the very best as she moves forward.”
On the incoming flack, Biden said: “Karine not only brings the experience, talent and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people. Jill and I have known and respected Karine a long time and she will be a strong voice speaking for me and this Administration.”
While some cheered Psaki’s departure, popular podcast host Joe Rogan gave her props.
“I feel bad for that Jen Psaki lady. Everybody says she’s shrill in the way she communicates but whatever. Imagine having that job!” Rogan said, adding, “f*** that job, ’cause she has to debate with people more than the president does. She has to go back and forth with the press.”
“And sometimes she says things in confidence but, just like being on a f***ing podcast, sometimes you say things and you think it’s true while you’re saying it. Turns out it’s not and you represent the President of the United States and no one is fact-checking you in real-time—-it’s all happening live on television,” Rogan said.
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