Karine Jean-Pierre jokes that she could have predicted that Marianne Williamson would run with a ‘crystal ball’
White House mocks Biden’s first 2024 Democratic challenger: Karine Jean-Pierre says she could have predicted the self-help author would run if she “had a crystal ball” and could “feel her aura”
- Jean-Pierre said she just didn’t ‘follow’ the challenge
- She said if she had a crystal ball or a magic 8 sphere maybe she could
- Williamson launched a run calling for love to be used to address the “sociopathic” system
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre took a dive Monday at President Joe Biden’s first and — for now — only Democratic challenger by saying she didn’t have a “crystal ball” with which to deliberate on the issue.
It’s a phrase Jean-Pierre has used before in other contexts, but it took some extra force when it was used in reference to Williamson, a self-help author and spiritual advisor who has attracted attention for the emotional language she uses on the political scene. brings.
Then she joked that she could “feel her aura” – suggesting that her comments about the main rival were no coincidence.
Williamson, who launched her campaign in Washington on Saturday with a call to “disrupt the system” and fight hate and injustice with love, has repeatedly denied ever speaking or writing about “crystals” or crystal worship, even though the idea is out of date. somehow become attached to her reputation.
Jean-Pierre, a former adviser to Biden’s campaign, was asked if the president was annoyed or frustrated that she intervened before announcing his own intentions. She waved the matter off. “I just don’t follow that. I mean, if I had a — what’s it called, a little globe here, a crystal ball, I can tell you. But me – a magic eight ball, whatever,” she said.
“If I can feel her aura — I just have no say in that,” she said, cackling audibly in the White House briefing room.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre first dodged a question about President Biden’s response to primary challenger Marianne Williamson — then said she didn’t have a “magic eight ball” in a likely dig at the self-help author
The comment came a day after Williamson vowed to adopt a political system she said was out of touch with ordinary Americans and an economic system she called “sociopathic.”
She took on the so-called “adults in the room” in the national system who she said wanted others to “go and let them take care of things” — a reference to her own non-traditional resume for high political office .
Jean-Pierre often shows great caution on political issues and often invokes the Hatch Act – as she did on Monday when asked about former President Donald Trump.
Not long after Jean-Pierre’s comment, Williamson’s campaign announced a six-day tour of New Hampshire that would take her from Portsmouth to Londonderry, Manchester and beyond.
“I’m not naive about the powers that have no intention of letting anyone into this conversation who doesn’t align with their predetermined agenda,” Williamson said Saturday as she announced her candidacy for the White House.
Jean-Pierre’s comment sparked laughter in the press room (reporters pictured at the White House last week)
Williamson did not directly attack Biden in her comments.
A new poll from Morning Consult found that Biden received 77 percent support among Democrats, but Williamson received 4 percent support.
Another 9 percent favored “someone else,” in a poll conducted after Williamson’s announcement, which drew modest press attention.
Biden has yet to announce his own campaign, but first lady Jill Biden gave the impression of running in a recent interview, and has repeatedly said he intends to do so.
On Friday, environmental activist and vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to a crowd in New Hampshire that he was considering a run.
“I’m thinking about it, yes. I’ve passed the biggest hurdle, that my wife gave me the green light,” said the son of slain Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was running as a presidential candidate.
Biden has done much to court the left of his party to avoid a potential primary challenge. But the DNC’s decision to put the South Carolina primary ahead of New Hampshire offers opponents a potential place to get some political oxygen. That could happen if New Hampshire decides to hold its primary anyway, as required by state law, and Biden declines to run.