The White House on Monday brushed off a tweet from Sen. John CornynJohn Cornyn OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Dakota Access pipeline remains operational despite shutdown calls Biden hopes to increase climate consumption by B | White House budget proposes .4B for environmental justice 2024 GOP White House hopes to lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Number of migrants detained at southern border reaches 1
Earlier in the day, Cornyn shared a Politico story titled “The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more” and quoted a section noting that Biden has done few cable news interviews, not tweeting often or with non-cuff comments, and provides mostly scripted public comments.
“Invites the question: is he really responsible?” Cornyn tweeted.
Invites the question: is he really responsible?
– Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) April 12, 2021
“I can confirm that the President of the United States is not spending his time tweeting conspiracy theories, he is spending his time working on behalf of the American people,” White House spokesman Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House sends mixed message about higher taxes Note: Biden’s five biggest foreign policy challenges Biden sees greater US role in global vaccination efforts MORE replied when asked about Cornyn’s comment at a briefing.
Psaki’s remarks seemed to be a shot at the past President TrumpDonald Trump Gaetz denied refusal to meet with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve Chairman: Economy would have been ‘so much worse’ without COVID-19 emergency bills California city police declare illegal assembly amid protests over ‘white life means’ MORE, who was fired by Twitter in January but spent his last months on the platform spreading misleading or false information about the 2020 election and at times sharing material related to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Cornyn’s tweet encouraged a broader backlash from Democrats and political commentators who hit Cornyn to advance conspiracy theories about whether Biden is in charge and to suggest that the current president lacks constant media presence is problematic given Republican senators spent four years on to dodge questions about Trump’s Twitter feed.
“Can the president rule without sending crazy tweets in the middle of the night, asks one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the Senate? Yes, it turns out he can,” the twitter rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).
“Lord have mercy. You would think you would praise Biden for this. So you are criticizing him for actually spending time on his actual job? Maybe you could consider doing so,” tweeted Matthew Dowd, a former assistant to George W Bush.
Cornyn followed up with his original tweets, noting that he “posted it all [Politico] story so people can read it themselves and highlighted a few excerpts. “
Can the president rule without sending crazy tweets in the middle of the night, asks one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the Senate?
Yes, it turns out he can. Https://t.co/xRiG3PgWeP https://t.co/anHyvolumY
– Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) April 12, 2021
Lord, have mercy. You would think you would praise Biden for this. So you’re criticizing him for actually spending time on his actual job? Maybe you could consider doing so.
– Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) April 12, 2021