The White House won’t say why Biden is more confident about the midterms now than when he said they could be ‘illegitimate’

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The White House would not say why President Joe Biden is more confident about the safety of midterm elections now than when he suggested that contests could be “illegitimate” unless Congress passed certain Democratic-backed voting laws.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told a reporter on Wednesday that she would have to go through Biden’s entire response when asked why the president has more confidence now than he did in January when he suggested , that mid-term elections will be legitimate.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing in the James S Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing in the James S Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC.
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“Yesterday you said that we are confident in the integrity of our elections here,” said one journalist. “My question is, what gives Biden confidence six weeks after the election that he didn’t seem to have at the beginning of the year?”

On Tuesday, Jean-Pierre had said that “we are convinced of the integrity of our choices here,” in response to a question about whether Facebook monitors disinformation on its platform.

“Can I just go back and see his answer there? Because I want to see the context in which he answered that question and how it was asked,” Jean-Pierre said. “So to give you a full answer, I actually have to do that. Just to be fair to you and to be fair to the president as I’m representing him up here. So let me, let me do it , and so I can get back to you on that specific question.”

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Biden told reporters in January that the legitimacy of midterm elections would come down to whether or not a particular piece of legislation passed.

President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.

President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.
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“Well, it all depends on whether we’re able to convince the American people that some of this is being set up to try to change the outcome of the election,” Biden said in January. “And that’s one thing, look, maybe I’m just too optimistic.”

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“It could easily be illegitimate,” Biden said. “Imagine if Trump had actually succeeded in convincing Pence not to count the votes.”

“The increase in the prospect that it is illegitimate is in direct proportion to our inability to get these reforms passed,” the president added at the time.

The bills that the president announced were not passed.

Fox News’ Tyler O’Neil contributed to this report.

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