White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that President Joe Biden did not actually believe the verifiably false statement about background checks he made during a speech on gun control.
Critics of Biden pounced on his comments Thursday claiming that anyone could buy a gun at a gun show without a background check.
"Most people don't know it: you walk into a store to buy a gun, you have a background check, but if you go to a gun show you can buy whatever you want, no background check," Biden falsely claimed.
Washington Free Beacon firearms expert Stephen Gutowski explained why Biden was spouting gun nonsense.
"Biden just lied about how background checks work," Gutowksi tweeted. "He said gun shows are exempt from background check requirements. That is completely false. All that matters in terms of background checks is whether you are buying from a licensed dealer or not."
He also added: "Biden also falsely said gun manufacturers are 'the only outfit that's exempt from being sued.' Biden wants to repeal the [Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act] which only prevents lawsuits based on the criminal misuse of their products by third parties. Gun makers can [be] & are sued for other reasons."
Later, when Psaki was pressed on the issue during that day's media briefing, she quickly folded.
"Is it the president's belief that you do not have to undergo a background check when you are at a gun show?" asked a reporter.
"No, it's not his belief," Psaki replied. "He believes that background checks should be universal."
"Right. He says 'no background check,'" objected the reporter.
"Well, we know what his position is, right, so let me reiterate that background checks should be universal," she continued, trying to steer away from Biden's verifiably false statement.
The president announced six executive orders intended to expand government regulation of gun possession. Among those was an order to curb the proliferation of "ghost guns," those devices that bear no registration because they're made at home.
Gun rights advocates excoriated the executive orders, saying that many were clearly unconstitutional. Biden claimed in his speech that no amendment in the Constitution was "absolute" in anticipation of some of those arguments.
Here's the video of the narrative collapse:
'Not His Belief': Jen Psaki Says Biden Doesn't Believe What Biden Said About Guns Earlier Today www.youtube.com