MSNBC’s Jen Psaki slammed GOP lawmakers who defended former President Donald Trump after a Manhattan jury found him liable for sexual abuse. (Watch below.)
Psaki, a White House press secretary in the Biden administration, named the party’s “one big problem” ahead of 2024: Trump, whose comments about lawsuit plaintiff E. Jean Carroll brought laughter and applause to a CNN town hall on Wednesday.
“It was definitely disturbing, but unfortunately not necessarily surprising,” Psaki said. “Because why should Republican voters take Trump’s wrongdoing seriously when the party leaders never call him out?”
“If someone asks you: ‘Do you stand by somebody who is found liable for sexual abuse?’ the answer should be some version of no. But outside of a handful of Republican lawmakers, they have — by and large — pretty much avoided criticizing the former president.”
Psaki proceeded to knock Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), who said the verdict makes him “want to vote for Trump twice,” and Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.).
“You heard that right. Trump’s sexual abuse makes the senator want to vote for him twice,” Psaki said.
The host went on to bash former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for their commentary. She also noted that 2024 Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley sidestepped a question about the verdict.
“What I didn’t hear was any kind of condemnation of someone who was just found liable for sexual abuse,” Psaki said of Haley’s roundabout commentary about the legal process.