There Is One Word the White House Has Refused to Say Since the Nashville School Shooting


Approximately 42 years after the birth of Jesus, a new word came into existence: Χριστιανούς in the Greek, which has been translated “Christians” in print since at least 1526.

Judging by the past week, it’s possible that members of the Biden administration have never heard the word before.

In the context of the heinous shooting at Covenant Presbyterian School last week, opinion writer Tim Meads noted the recent nonuse of the word in a Friday piece for The Daily Wire titled, “Has The White House Even Said The Word ‘Christian’ Since The Nashville School Shooting?”

The answer, according to Meads and my own research, would appear to be “no.”

Meads noted that President Joe Biden’s official “Proclamation on Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Nashville, Tennessee,” issued over his name on the day of the shooting, mentioned neither the term nor the (obviously Christian) name of the school the shooter targeted.

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Biden failed to mention that the shooter identified as transsexual, as well, although that was probably more understandable given the timing and circumstances of the statement.

Meads then noted that the president’s official Twitter account had mentioned the faith of four Muslim men killed in New Mexico last August, Asian-Americans on 2021’s National Day of Action and Healing, and the LGBTQ+ community on the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Florida.

Biden also had no trouble mentioning Christians when they were celebrating, rather than mourning.

Of course, it’s also the job of White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to speak for the president, so Meads checked out her Twitter account as well.

Despite the shooting at a Christian school in Nashville that had occurred four days previously, Meads found no mention on Jean-Pierre’s account of “Christians” since a December Christmas tweet — and no mention of Nashville at all.

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He did find that “Christian” appeared once on Joe Biden’s other (supposedly more personal, I guess) Twitter account, but in this case it was a man’s first name and the tweet was nearly three years old anyway.

Now,  in the interest of full disclosure, I tend to be skeptical of any claim that suggest that someone “always” does something or has “never” done something. People just don’t tend to be that consistent, and such claims are often rhetorical hyperbole.

So I searched the transcripts of all the White House Press Briefings from March 27 through the following Monday morning. Want to guess what I found? (Go ahead and guess; I’m pitching you a softball here.)

The word “Christian” does not appear in any of them. Not once.

Does Biden follow Christian doctrine?

Why would that be? Meads left his readers to form their own conclusions, and certainly I’m not better a mind-reader than he is.

I will note, however, that politicians are professional communicators; they can certain make mistakes, but the consistent unwillingness of the administration to use the term over the course of a full week simply doesn’t lend itself being explained away by accident or coincidence.

The president and his staff know who his voters are — and who they aren’t. And he has very little interest in speaking to the latter.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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