Joe Biden cast doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming November midterms during Wednesday’s press conference.
“It easily could be illegitimate,” Biden said knowing the Democrats are going to lose the midterms in a bloodbath (unless they can cheat to win).
“I’m not saying it’s going to be legit. The increase in the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these reforms passed,” Biden said. “You’re not going to see me and I don’t think you’re going to see the Democratic Party give up on coming back.”
Several White House reporters on Thursday peppered Psaki with questions about Biden’s comments questioning the legitimacy of the 2022 midterms.
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NBC’s Peter Alexander read Biden’s comments out loud then asked Psaki, “So yes or no, does the president believe, if all remains as it is right now, that the elections this fall will be legitimate?”
“Yes, but…” Psaki said before immediately attacking Trump.
“So, to be clear…if there are no changes in terms of voting rights legislation going forward, the President does still feel confident that the elections this fall will be legit?” Peter Alexander asked in a follow up question.
“Yes,” Psaki said reluctantly.
AP reporter Aamer Madhani asked Psaki, “Biden said the midterm elections “easily” could be illegitimate. Is he predetermining…[they] are going to be suspect?”
Psaki spun again and attacked Trump… again: “He was not intending to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 [sic] election. He was actually attempting to make the opposite point.”
NBC’s @PeterAlexander reads aloud Biden’s own words questioning the legitimacy of November’s midterms then asks Psaki: “So yes or no, does the president believe, if all remains as it is right now, that the elections this fall will be legitimate?”
Psaki: “Yes, but….” pic.twitter.com/ZA2Y9BcasB
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 20, 2022