White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday put on a dazzling display of dimwitted disingenuousness in a desperate attempt to defend the indefensible: Joe Biden’s student loan handout.
As reporters peppered KJP with questions about Biden’s politically expedient, ill-fated, student loan wealth-redistribution scheme, she reached down deep and came up with a beauty to remain nip and tuck with Kamala Harris in their race for word salad queen of the Biden administration:
On your question of student loan [sic], are you talking about — what specifically — you said two weeks has passed — uh, as know, uh, we uh, as you know, there uh, we have um, uh, we have um, we have sent this up to the highest, uh, Court of the land, the highest Court of our nation, to make sure that, uh, we move forward quickly.
KJP’s reference to “sending this up to the highest court” pertained to the White House filing an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court after a federal judge in Texas struck down the student loan handout plan, ruling that the scheme was indeed unconstitutional.
However, Team Biden hardly appears confident that the appeal will succeed: The administration this week extended its freeze on wealth-redistribution payments as the scam remains tied up in the courts. This latest move comes after, earlier this month, the administration stopped taking applications for the handouts that have angered untold numbers of hardworking people across the country.
The ruling of the federal judge in Texas I referenced above clearly showed that Biden’s pre-midterms scheme was likely no more than that: a scam purposely announced with the sole purpose of buying a few more votes, here and there, as Democrats went on to lose control of the House and squeak out a win in the Senate to retain a majority in the Upper Chamber. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman wrote:
Whether the Program constitutes good public policy is not the role of this Court to determine. Still, no one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States.
In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone. Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government. [… ] The Court is not blind to the current political division in our country.
But it is fundamental to the survival of our Republic that the separation of powers as outlined in our Constitution be preserved. And having interpreted the HEROES Act, the Court holds that it does not provide ‘clear congressional authorization’ for the Program proposed by the Secretary.”
Nonetheless, embattled White House press room podium warrior Karine Jean-Pierre continues her unenviable job of attempting to defend the indefensible — like a confused-as-hell champ.