On Monday, White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if the administration was preparing for possible violence as former President Donald Trump hosts a rally in Ohio this weekend.
The campaign-style rally, titled “Save America,” is set for Saturday in Wellington, Ohio, to which Feinberg asked if the administration had reached out to Gov. Mike DeWine (R) on safety concerns.
Here’s Feinberg’s long-winded question in which he steered the narrative before getting a response from Psaki (Note: Feinberg couldn’t bring himself to say Trump’s name):
President [Joe] Biden’s predecessor is going to return to his campaign-style rallies in Ohio this coming weekend. Has anyone from the administration reached out to Gov. DeWine or anyone in Ohio’s government about the possibility of violence resulting from his return to the trail? Is there any concern of him going out and continuing to insist that the election is fraudulent and that he actually won could result in anyone being hurt or killed?
As expected, Psaki affirmed the reporter’s suggestion that an upcoming Trump appearance is something to be worried about. In answering, however, Psaki — like Feinberg — couldn’t bring herself to say Trump’s name, either.
“Obviously we take the rhetoric of the former guy — as we like to say — quite seriously, as everyone should,” she said, also noting that Biden has not had any contact with DeWine.
In her response, Psaki also said that she would check if “there’s anything from our Homeland Security team to read out.”
The event is meant to rally supporters around the America First movement, to which Trump commented on the purpose of “Save America” in a statement.
“Save America is also about ensuring that we always keep America First, in our foreign and domestic policy,” he said. “We take pride in our country, we teach the truth about our history, we celebrate our rich heritage and national traditions, and of course, we respect our great American Flag.”
Because Trump — or the “former guy” — still poses a political threat to the left, the federal government may be gearing up to take on any perceived threats at this weekend’s rally.
For Feinberg's question about "Biden's predecessor" and Psaki's answer about "the former guy," watch below: