White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre exercised her linguistic muscles Wednesday morning, telling a gaggle of White House press corps reporters that neither she nor President Joe Biden would be commenting on the Colorado Supreme Court’s abrupt decision to kick former President Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot.
KJP, who was previously reprimanded by a federal watchdog for attacking “mega MAGA Republicans” from the White House podium, is now silent in the face of a historic legal decision that should have the White House giddy and girding for a feud with the Trump campaign. Asked whether the president believes Trump is an “insurrectionist,” the top Biden aide emphasized her boss has no opinion.
“I’m just not going to get into, um, not going to get into a legal process here. Obviously there is one, not going to get ahead, not going to speak to the decision that Colorado has made. Just not going to comment on it.
“What I’m going to say is the president is not involved, we’re not involved in this. This is a legal process, just not going to comment,” said said.
Angling for any opening, another reporter asked if KJP generally believes major party candidates should be allowed on the ballot. No dice again.
“Any legal opinion, not going to comment. Hatch Act. We try to follow the law,” she replied.
Responding to political developments is typically the responsibility of the president’s reelection campaign, though KJP’s assertion that she cannot comment on legal opinions rings hollow. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate Roe v. Wade, Biden said he is “declaring war on the Court,” a remark that KJP defended at the time.
Legal challenges to President Trump’s eligibility are sure to continue, with the Maine secretary of state set to rule as soon as Friday whether the Republican leader can appear on the state’s March 5th, 2024 primary ballot. Observers predict that the continual attacks on his eligibility will only boost his standing in the polls, especially among voters who are trying to decide whether to sit out next year’s elections. Trump’s ballot access disputes, as well as his ongoing criminal trials, are making it increasingly difficult for the embattled Democratic incumbent to avoid commenting about his leading rival who now surpasses him in six of the nation’s most volatile swing states.