WH Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre would not condemn the ripping down of posters showing hostages taken by terrorists in Gaza — an occurrence emerging at colleges in cities nationwide.
Pro-Palestinian people have strived to erase the images of victims from the Hamas attack, perhaps fearing moral culpability as supporters of Hamas.
Hamas detained at least 240 hostages, which included elderly and babies, spanning 27 nationalities in Gaza.
NBC’s Peter Alexander asked Jean-Pierre about this phenomenon, but she wouldn’t provide a clear response. That prompted widespread social media criticism, as she failed to guard free speech or images of the Hamas victims.
Are you kidding me?
You call that an answer?
This Administration is so weak they won’t denounce the people who tear down posters of hostages whose loved ones are crying out for support.
It’s infuriating how feckless an answer this is. https://t.co/026K39ocfJ
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 7, 2023
Previously, Jean-Pierre faced accusations of slowness to condemn antisemitism. Before joining the administration, she had expressed anti-Israel views. However, in recent weeks she has staunchly defended the administration’s pro-Israel policy.