(CNSNews.com) – President Biden expressed sympathy for Rebecca Keissling, the Michigan mother who lost two sons to fentanyl, but his words were “mischaracterized,” the White House said Thursday.
“Can I ask about a moment in the president’s speech last night in Baltimore? He was talking about Marjorie Taylor Greene, and he mentioned a mother that had lost two of her sons to fentanyl. He said, ‘The interesting thing is that the fentanyl they took came during the last administration,’ and then he seems to laugh. The mother is demanding an apology, and I’m wondering if he regretted how that came out,” a reporter asked.
“So, you know, I want to be very careful here because this involves a mom, as you just stated, who lost two sons, and when it comes to this president, I believe the American people knows who he is fundamentally, because he’s been around for some time, and they have watched him go through grief, they have watched him deal with really personal loss,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
“And so, this is a president that understands that. He expressed sympathy for her last night, and his heart goes out to any person — any person who has to go through that type of trauma, that type of hurt,” she said.
“I will say, his words are being mischaracterized by someone who is regularly discredited for things that she says that are, really, conspiracy theories, and those lies are being parroted by a certain network, and — and, you know — and, you know, I’ll just leave it there,” the press secretary said.
“I’ll say one more thing — is that conservative parents on fentanyl — of fentanyl victims have been very clear. They have blasted the congresswoman for these dishonest kinds of statements and kinds of attacks, but again, our hearts go out to anyone who loses — who loses a person that they love, and this is something that you’ve heard from this president over and over again when — when that has occurred and has been presented to him,” she said.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, Biden lashed out at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for blaming his administration for the deaths of Keissling’s two sons, which took place before Biden took office.
Speaking to House Democrats in Baltimore on Wednesday, the president said, “I’ve read – she was very specific recently, saying that a mom, a poor mother who lost two kids to fentanyl, that – that I killed her sons.”
“Well, the interesting thing is, that fentanyl they took came during the last administration,” he said, chuckling. “Look, folks – anyway, I don’t want to get started.”
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