Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday complained about the many ‘threats’ she received during her tenure as President Joe Biden’s mouthpiece. While addressing a room of reporters, she recounted how she had to get the Secret Service involved in some cases.
“I will say the thing that has been hardest personally is I’ve had threats,” Psaki said during an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington, D.C.
“I have had nasty letters, texts to me with my personal address, the names of my children,” she recalled. “It crosses lines, and that’s when it becomes a little scary. And that has been the most personally difficult aspect of this job.”
Psaki said the safety of her two children, who are 4 and 6 years old, remains “a real concern,” as some of the messages she received were from “people threatening to come to my house.”
“There have been cases where I’ve had to share information with [the Secret Service], and I certainly have shared information with them,” Psaki said.
The press secretary added that nobody threatening has appeared at her home, but claimed: “there is a circulation of my address among the Arlington Republican Party right now.”
“Earlier this week, amid abortion rights protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, the Arlington County Republican Committee in Virginia revealed the neighborhood where Psaki lives,” according to Politico.
At least one Twitter user purported to have published her address.
The Arlington Republican Party provided an appropriately snarky statement to Politico in response to Psaki’s allegation, insisting it “has not publicly disseminated any Biden Administration official’s home address, unlike the hordes of progressive activists online who have disseminated the addresses of Justices of the Supreme Court.”
Psaki’s complaints about threats to her family are rather bizarre, considering the cavalier attitude she displayed when reporters asked how the White House feels about pro-abortion protesters demonstrating at the homes of Supreme Court Justices after their addresses were released to the public. “We certainly continue to encourage that outside of judges’ homes,” she said.
The outgoing press secretary seems to believe that since the protests have been peaceful so far, it is appropriate to continue encouraging them. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that it only takes one or two nutjobs to create a horrible situation. Indeed, at least one act of violence has been perpetrated against a pro-life organization after the Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade was leaked. What if one of these folks decided to use violence to make their views on abortion known? As I wrote previously, Psaki and the White House are playing a dangerous game.
Unfortunately, it appears that even Psaki’s own experiences with violent threats weren’t enough for her to discourage a situation that could easily get ugly, given the heightened emotions around the abortion issue. It seems potential threats are only an issue when directed at those who disagree with the left.