Karine Jean-Pierre faces backlash after claiming the border is not open: ‘A bold-faced lie’

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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.

After the press briefing, the U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary hold on the expiration of Title 42 on Dec. 21. 

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.”

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.

El Paso, Texas, declared a state of emergency over the border late last week. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared an invasion, and several of the state’s counties near the border had already declared states of emergency, all due to the historic numbers of illegal crossings.

 “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.”

Radio host Buck Sexton wrote, “The only people who think the southern border isn’t ‘open’ are White House officials and regime media propagandists.”

Illegal migrants in 431 of 435 congressional districts

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