Last week, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to say if the White House considers the March 27 shooting at the Covenant Christian school in Nashville, Tennesee a hate crime.
During last Wednesday’s press briefing, a reporter noted that former Vice President Mike Pence said if the transgender shooter was motivated by hatred toward Christians, the shooting should be classified as a hate crime. The reporter then asked Jean-Pierre if the president agreed with Pence.
Rather than discuss the question, Jean-Pierre simply responded that it wasn’t for the White House to decide.
During her press briefing on March 30, Jean-Pierre reserved her outrage, not for the victims in Tennessee at the hands of a transgender shooter but for the Kentucky legislature overriding Democrat Governor Andy Beshear’s veto of a bill to bar children from undergoing transgender surgeries, claiming that transgenders are “under attack right now.”
When testifying in a Senate hearing the day after the Covenant School shooting, Attorney General Merrick Garland dodged questions from several Republican senators on whether the Justice Department would classify the shooting as a hate crime.
When Louisiana Senator John Kennedy asked Garland if he planned to open a hate crime investigation “for the targeting of Christians,” the Attorney General said the FBI and ATF are “working full-time” to determine what the shooter’s motive was, adding that it is the motive that will determine whether or not the shooting was a hate crime.
Garland later told Tennessee Senator Bill Haggerty that if the shooter’s motive was “based on religion or the political ideology of the victims,” it would be a hate crime.
President Biden got into hot water for laughing about Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s call for the administration to investigate the shooting as a hate crime.