In a statement issued by outgoing White House communications director Kate Bedingfield on Saturday, the White House condemned abortion advocates who have criticized President Joe Biden for not doing enough to protect abortion.
“Joe Biden’s goal in responding to Dobbs is not to satisfy some activists who have been consistently out of step with the mainstream of the Democratic Party,” Bedingfield told The Washington Post. “It’s to deliver help to women who are in danger and assemble a broad-based coalition to defend a woman’s right to choose now, just as he assembled such a coalition to win during the 2020 campaign.”
“The president has been showing his deep outrage as an American and executing his bold plan — which is the product of months of hard work — ever since this decision was handed down,” she said.
While Bedingfield didn’t name anyone in particular, CNN reported last week that over two dozen Democratic politicians and operatives were extremely disappointed in Biden’s response to the Supreme Court overturning the right to abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
One member of Congress described the White House as “rudderless, aimless and hopeless.” Another Democratic member told CNN that the administration has “no fight,” adding, “People understand that a lot of this is out of his hands – but what you want to see is the President out there swinging.”
“Several Democratic leaders privately mocked how the President stood in the foyer of the White House, squinting through his remarks from a teleprompter as demonstrators poured into the streets, making only vague promises of action because he and aides hadn’t decided on more,” CNN said in it’s report.
Prominent Democrats Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (NY) previously suggested building abortion clinics on federal land in red states that decide to ban abortion. But Vice President Kamala Harris dismissed the idea, saying that “It’s not right now what we are discussing.”
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