Doocy to Jen Psaki: Has Hashtag Diplomacy Ever Worked?

Doocy to Jen Psaki: Has Hashtag Diplomacy Ever Worked?

January 26, 2022

White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the use of Twitter hashtags in the ongoing Ukraine crisis, despite the fact that a similar tactic failed to prevent or reverse the Russian invasion of Crimea in Ukraine when Psaki last tried it in 2014.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki about a recent tweet by Secretary of State Antony Blinken with a pro-Ukraine hashtag: “Has that ever worked at stopping an authoritarian regime from doing anything? A hashtag?”

“I will have to say that unlike the last administration, we don’t think Twitter is the only means of engaging or negotiating or discussing important topics,” she replied. “But it is important for us to convey to the Ukrainian people, who do view commentary through a range of forums — I don’t know how many are Fox News watchers, maybe some of them, including social media, that we stand with them, we support them, and that includes their effort to protect the sovereignty of their country.”

Psaki is lying about the previous administration. In fact, the Trump admin did more than tweet. It sent anti-tank missiles and other military aid to Ukraine, which was not threatened by Russia for the four years of Trump’s tenure. Trump also met directly with Russian President Vladimir President — much to the chagrin of Democrats and the media, who bought into the “Russia collusion” hoax about the 2016 presidential election — a hoax that propagandist Psaki herself supported.

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