Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich confronted the White House over apparent inconsistencies in its stance on voter suppression. During a press briefing, Heinrich recalled President Biden’s previous criticisms of Georgia’s 2021 election security law as “Jim Crow” laws and Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s claim of voter suppression in Georgia last December, despite record turnout.
Heinrich then juxtaposed these statements with the Florida Democratic Party’s decision to exclude all Democratic presidential candidates except Biden from its 2024 primary ballot. This action essentially cancels the primary, denying Democratic voters the opportunity to support alternatives like Rep. Dean Phillips, Marianne Williamson, and Cenk Uygur.
Jean-Pierre refrained from commenting on whether the Florida decision constitutes voter suppression, despite Heinrich’s pressing. She declined to explain her reluctance to address the issue.
.@JacquiHeinrich: So, does the Florida Party, then effectively canceling the Democratic primary also constitute voter suppression?
KJP: I can't speak to that.
Heinrich: Why not?
KJP: You have to speak to the campaign or the DNC.
Heinrich: Does — does the White House have… pic.twitter.com/r2GTrr5YNV
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 4, 2023
The Florida Democratic Party insists that their ballot process followed regulations and that including other candidates at this stage would be “anti-democratic.” However, this stance has raised questions about the consistency of the Biden administration’s and the Democratic Party’s approach to voter suppression and democratic participation.