On Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was criticized for her response to a question about why President Biden has invited three Tennessee Democratic state lawmakers to D.C. but not any of the victims from the Nashville shooting.
Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy during Wednesday’s briefing pointed out on Monday the three lawmakers who protested following the Nashville Covenant School shooting were invited to the White House, and yet none of the victims have been invited.
Jean-Pierre responded by stating that she did not have “anything to read to you” regarding the invitation. Doocy did not let the issue go through, asking “why” she did not have any further information. Jean-Pierre proceeded to reiterate that she had no further information regarding the invite and that what she could say at that time was that President Biden was “focused on getting things done.”
Tennessee Democratic State Reps. Justin Jones, Justin Pearson, and Gloria Johnson are all scheduled to visit the White House next week. The three representatives all faced expulsion from the GOP-controlled chamber following their participation in the gun-control protests after the school shooting in Nashville. Biden has also been pushing for stricter gun control legislation, including an assault weapons ban following the recent school shootings.
Both Jones and Pearson were expelled, but they were reinstated to their seats soon after. Following the protests, the three lawmakers have appeared on many media networks and are now scheduled to appear with Biden and call for greater gun-control legislation.