Critics from the conservative camp criticized Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House spokesperson, for stating that reopening schools after the COVID-19 lockdowns was a "priority" for President Biden.
During Wednesday's press briefing, a journalist raised concerns about the impact of lockdowns on children's education and inquired about President Biden's strategy to assist them in recovering from the learning deficit. The press secretary was asked this question.
"Look, as you just said, kids have lost so much in the pandemic," Jean-Pierre replied. "This is why, when the president walked in, he made a priority to open schools, one of the things that was important to do to make sure that our kids, who have lost so much, were able to go back in-person school if they choose, have the resources that they needed to really succeed and move forward in their education."
"We saw that, unfortunately, the pandemic had an unfortunate effect on our young people, on our kids," she stated before saying Biden "was committed" and that's why he pushed for the American Rescue Plan, which is what allowed schools to be reopened.
Twitter was flooded with criticism from conservatives who accused her of distorting the truth about the Biden administration's gradual shift away from COVID-19 lockdown measures.
"In the 2020 campaign, the D talking point was that opening schools was reckless and deadly and they should stay closed," political consultant Brittany Cohen recalled, sharing a link to a Biden ad that ripped Trump for pushing to reopen schools. "They ran ads on it."
In the 2020 campaign, the D talking point was that opening schools was reckless and deadly and they should stay closed. They ran ads on it. https://t.co/xpaaYZM4sf https://t.co/goKEDQ0n9x
— Brittany (@bccover) May 3, 2023
"Right, yes, it was _definitely_ ‘thanks to Joe Biden’ that schools reopened. That's _exactly_ how that went," entrepreneur Steve Murch sarcastically tweeted.
right, yes, it was _definitely_ "thanks to Joe Biden" that schools reopened. That's _exactly_ how that went. /s
— stevemur (@stevemur) May 3, 2023
"This will be news to the teachers unions who helped elect him," Accuracy in Academia chairman Don Irvine wrote.
This will be news to the teachers unions who helped elect him.
— DonIrvine (@DonIrvine) May 3, 2023
Author Justin Hart sarcastically pointed out, "We could power the country for a year with all the gaslighting going on."
We could power the country for a year with all the gaslighting going on. https://t.co/te1VlxDUfJ
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) May 3, 2023
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