(Fox News) White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted the border was not “open” and that anyone suggesting otherwise was doing the work of human smugglers in another ridiculed press conference Monday.
A major topic during the briefing was the looming expiration of Title 42, a public health rule in place since March 2020 that has been used to stem the growing border crisis by turning away migrants. Though border towns have expressed concerns over daily arrivals potentially doubling from the impact, the White House has been hesitant to explain how it plans to prepare for the impact of the expected 9,000 to 15,000 new arrivals per day.
Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre argued that these reports and the potential end of Title 42 don’t suggest the border is open and attacked anyone who claims that to be “spreading misinformation.”
“I want to be very clear here. The fact is that the removal of Title 42 does not mean the border is open,” Jean-Pierre said. “Anyone who suggests otherwise is simply doing the work of these smugglers who, again, are spreading misinformation which is very dangerous.”
VIRGINIA GOV. YOUNGKIN WARNS OF ‘CATASTROPHIC’ EFFECTS FROM TITLE 42’S END
She also said, “”It would be wrong to think the border is open. It is not open.”
These claims incurred the wrath of Twitter as users claimed the press secretary was “gaslighting” the country by refusing to recognize the historic numbers of border crossings under the Biden administration.
“KJP continues an epic run as [White House press secretary]…” The Hill columnist Joe Concha tweeted.
KJP continues an epic run as WHPS… https://t.co/nAMOtC41fe
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 20, 2022
“What a mess,” sportscaster Dan Dakich agreed.
Republican communicator Matt Whitlock wrote, “Curious if she knows that dozens of Democrats have been making that point.”
National Review contributor Pradheep J. Shanker tweeted, “This is gaslighting. The border is more open today [than] it has been in the last decade. Don’t believe me? See Biden’s own DHS stats that confirm this.”