Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki faced a blistering backlash on social media after comparing unborn babies to lumps of coal and broccoli.
Psaki’s comments came during a discussion on the rebranding of the pro-life movement.
“Pro-life now becomes, in the words of Indiana Senator Todd Young, pro-baby. Pro-baby. I hate to break it to you, but if you call broccoli candy, it’s still just broccoli,” Psaki said.
“If you tie a really nice bow around a lump of coal, it is still coal under there.”
Psaki was referring to an NBC report that Democrats voiced their concerns over Republicans’ strategic move from “pro-life” rhetoric on abortion.
As NewsBusters noted, Psaki was touting an NBCNews.com story which underlined Psaki was doing the usual DNC messaging.
The headline was “Democrats say Republican effort to rebrand ‘pro-life’ won’t persuade voters.” This story, based on anonymous Senate Republicans, contained all the Democrat arguments that Psaki made in this segment.
Democrats and aligned groups criticized a new shift from Republicans to move away from “pro-life” messaging on abortion to boost their electoral prospects.
“It’s not really the phrase that’s the issue here,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer posted on X in response to NBC News’ exclusive reporting detailing the GOP-led effort….
Democrats accused GOP politicians of being hypocritical in their stance on abortion.
“If congressional Republicans are now interested in ‘pro baby policies,’ they should stop opposing @POTUS’s budget,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates posted to X, pointing to the president’s budget proposal to increase child care options.
However, the former the comments Jen Psaki made about unborn babies did not go unchecked as she faced a fierce backlash from pro-life advocates and others who thought her remarks were in poor taste.
Here are some of the responses: