Outgoing White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, soon to exit for a gig on MSNBC, suddenly changed her tune on Monday about President Joe Biden’s position on left-wing “protesters” trying to intimidate conservative Supreme Court justices.
Last week, Psaki claimed Biden had no “official” stance on the protests, except that they remain “peaceful.”
On Monday, she tweeted a different answer. Biden, Psaki said, “strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest. But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism. Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.”
Since Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion indicated the majority of the court overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, pro-abortion “protesters” attacked cop cars in Los Angeles, interrupted Sunday services at churches, firebombed a pro-life clinic in Wisconsin, and sent Alito and his family to an “undisclosed” location for fear of their own safety, as they also harassed Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
After Psaki issued her tweet Monday, one Twitter user noted, “Weekend polling data must be in.” And that may not be far off.
On Monday, The Washington Examiner also reported on a new poll by the right-leaning America First Policy Institute that showed Democrats won’t gain what they think they might from going all-in to defend abortion on demand.
Overturning Roe “will likely have only a modest impact, if any” on the November elections, the Examiner reported, quoting the poll. “While Democratic strategists have argued that abortion policy will play a central role in the election and top lawmakers in the party have been vocal in their calls for voters to rally against Republicans in November over the issue, the survey … discovered that “‘issues such as inflation, immigration, crime, the war in Ukraine’” are expected to have more of an impact in driving people to the ballot box.”
The problem for Democrats is, as comedian Bill Maher indicated on his HBO show last week, that as the media and Democrats talk more about abortion and Roe, Americans will learn what gutting the landmark ruling means.
The AFPI survey revealed a stunning amount of ignorance on the issue. Overall, 41 percent said they believed the end of Roe would outlaw abortion across the country, while 36 percent said they did not know what it would mean.
“If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, the conventional wisdom assumes that the issue will help Democrats in the midterms; the only question is by how much. However, a deeper look at the data suggests the conventional wisdom is wrong,” the pollster noted in a memo.
In response to recent Democrats’ claims that “70 percent “ of Americans support maintaining Roe’s protection of abortion, the AFPI poll argued, “Seventy-seven percent of voters don’t know what overturning that decision would mean. If people don’t understand what overturning Roe would mean, how can you possibly interpret polling data showing that people don’t want it overturned?”
Despite Democrats’ rhetoric, the AFPI poll indicated “the issue of abortion could potentially give the GOP an edge in swing seats,” as most voters would be fine with overturning Roe.
The poll found that 65 percent of respondents wanted elected lawmakers to set abortion policy, compared to only 18 percent who wanted to keep it in the hands of judges, as is the current case.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader plans to hold a vote on a bill Wednesday that would codify Roe across the country, guaranteeing abortion at any time during pregnancy.
The AFPI survey revealed that just 17 percent of those surveyed agreed with that radical position. Meanwhile, 72 percent of voters “reject the Democrats’ position that abortion should be legal at any point during the pregnancy up to the moment of birth.”
Roughly the same amount – 73 percent – “agree that there are two lives to consider” in an abortion.
“It is worth noting that those who support abortion at any point until birth do not recognize where public opinion stands,” the pollster concluded. “A solid majority of them believe that most voters support late term abortions.”
Yet that’s clearly not the case – as the shift in Biden’s position suggests.