Jen Psaki Blames COVID-19 for Spike in Looting Across the Country

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki bizarrely attempted to blame the rise in mass looting on the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, as reported by the New York Post.

The comments came after Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked about the alarming new trend of coordinated mass looting attacks in several big cities across the country, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

“Big cities are dealing with smash-and-grab robberies,” and “a record number of police officers have been shot and killed this year,” Doocy stated, before asking: “What is President Biden going to do about all this lawlessness?”

Psaki first tried to falsely suggest that Biden had proposed more funding for local police than President Donald Trump, before Doocy followed up by asking if Biden thinks “crime is up because of the pandemic,” to which Psaki said “I think many people have conveyed that.” She added that another alleged “root cause of crime in communities is guns and gun violence.”

Doocy made sure to clarify the prior point about the pandemic being to blame, asking “so when a huge group of criminals organizes themselves and they want to go loot a store — a CVS, a Nordstrom, a Home Depot until the shelves are clean — do you think that’s because of the pandemic?” Psaki responded by saying that “I think a root cause in a lot of communities is the pandemic, yes.”

The incidents in question, each seeing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise stolen, often from high-end retail stores, as well as numerous employees and bystanders being assaulted by looters, have been taking place in an alarmingly coordinated fashion. In San Francisco, dozens of cars suddenly pulled up in front of a Nordstrom to block the street in front, allowing over 80 looters to swarm the store and attack under the cover of night.

The return of mass looting is similar to the violent race riots of last summer, where far-left domestic terrorists such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter often looted and destroyed entire businesses in cities all across the country, doing so under the guise of “social justice.” The majority of riots occurred after the death of George Floyd, a black man who accidentally overdosed on fentanyl while in police custody in Minneapolis, leading many to incorrectly accuse the arresting officers of murder, as well as broader false accusations of “systemic racism” and “brutality” within police departments across America.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: Chicago Police vehicles sit along Michigan Avenue as officers monitor the area in Chicago, Illinois, on June 18, 2021. - Businesses and restaurants in downtown Chicago that survived the pandemic-related economic slump, as well as two spasms of looting last summer, should be ecstatic with Monday's reopening of America's third-largest city. Yet, many are batting a new hardship -- a surge in crime that is keeping customers, and their money, away. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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