During Wednesday’s White House briefing, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy raised a question that has been on the minds of many Americans. He asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre why the victims of the tragic Covenant School shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, did not receive an invitation to the White House, while three Democratic state lawmakers who participated in a gun control protest were invited.
The shooting at the Covenant School had left six victims fatally shot, and their families were grieving the loss of their loved ones. Doocy, representing the concerns of many, inquired why these families were not extended an invitation to the White House, where they could receive condolences and support from the highest levels of government.
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When asked by Fox’s Peter Doocy, Press Sec. Karine Jean-Pierre doesn't say if President Biden plans to invite the Nashville school shooting victims to the White House, and defends Biden inviting three Tennessee state lawmakers who protested gun violence. pic.twitter.com/vNKZL5LVmZ
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“So Monday, you’re gonna have three of the lawmakers who protested after the Nashville Covenant School shooting. Have any of the victims or the victims’ families been invited to the White House?” asked Doocy.
“I don’t have anything to read out to you about any invite. What I can say to you right now is that the president is focused on getting things done. He’s focused on making sure that we are protecting our communities, that we’re protecting our schools, that we’re protecting our churches, we’re protecting our grocery stores that people as we know in Buffalo went to a grocery store on a Saturday and got murdered,” responded Jean-Pierre.
This invitations for the “Tennessee Three” have raised questions about the White House’s priorities in inviting lawmakers who faced controversy and expulsion over the families of victims who had suffered unimaginable loss.