Joe Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre melted down at Tuesday’s press briefing after several reporters attempted to ask outgoing NIAID Director Anthony Fauci about the origins of COVID-19.
After Fauci delivered his last address in his official capacity as the COVID response task force leader promoting the COVID jab, Daily Caller reporter Diana Glebova calmly asked him what he did to investigate the origins of the China Virus, but was immediately shut down by Jean-Pierre.
“We have a process here. I’m not calling out on people who yell, and you’re being- you’re being disrespectful to your colleagues and you’re being disrespectful to our guest,” Jean-Pierre snapped.
Daily Caller’s @DianaGlebova tries to ask Dr. Fauci about what he did to investigate the origins of covid and Jean-Pierre shuts her down.— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 22, 2022
Another reporter yells at her for not letting Diana ask the question. pic.twitter.com/RieiEBwl2p
“I will not call on you if you yell, and also you’re taking time off the clock because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple minutes.”
When Glebova attempted to follow up, Jean-Pierre shut her down again, saying she won’t “get into a back and forth” with her.
Other reporters saw Jean-Pierre’s bullying tactic as unfair and began speaking up, with one noting that “she’s asking a great question,” and repeated the line of inquiry to Fauci.
“It is not your turn!” Jean-Pierre fumed.
Today News Africa White House Chief Correspondent Simon Ateba pushed back, telling the press secretary she needs to call on other people across the room.
“She has a valid question!” Ateba said of Glebova. “She’s asking about the origin of COVID.”
Jean-Pierre shouted back that she “heard the question.”
Ateba noted that Fauci “is the best person to answer the question,” but Jean-Pierre shouted that “we’re not doing this the way you want it!”
“I’m done! Simon, I’m done! I’m done with you right now,” she said.
This comes after Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request documents came out Tuesday showing Fauci and other virologists in Feb. 2020 emails discussing their response to COVID.
Notably, the conversations reveal Fauci quickly dismissed the hypothesis that COVID-19 came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s biolab in China without analyzing any relevant data.
In fact, a January 2020 email released under FOIA shows that virology experts told Fauci that they believe COVID-19 was not likely created naturally in the environment.
Of course, Fauci’s connections to COVID run much deeper, as it’s now confirmed that Fauci’s NIAID had funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab leading up to the pandemic.
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