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New White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s first official day was marked by mockery as conservatives on Twitter slammed her for not answering a question about inflation.
On Monday, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre about a recent tweet from President Biden that the way to deal with the current rate of inflation would be to ensure that “businesses richest pay their fair share”.
“How does raising corporate taxes reduce the cost of gas, the cost of a used car, the cost of food, for ordinary Americans?” asked Doocy, to which Jean-Pierre responded with a rambling and incoherent statement made up of vague Democratic talking points on taxing the rich and climate change.
“So listen, I think we’re encouraging those who have been very successful, especially those who care about climate change, to support a fairer tax code that doesn’t change – doesn’t charge manufacturers, workers, cops , builders, a higher percentage of their earnings.”
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Jean-Pierre claimed not to let ‘our nation’s wealthiest people’ ‘get in the way of lowering energy costs’ – even if it was hard to follow – and talked about fighting climate change and to support “grassroots collective action”. trading rights as well. She also advocated for a “fairer tax code,” arguing that “it’s not fair” for “manufacturing workers, cops” to have to pay “higher taxes” than “people who don’t.” don’t pay taxes.”
Twitter users called the speech rambling and not making much sense. “Big yikes,” tweeted John Cooper of the Heritage Foundation.
Republican communications specialist Matt Whitlock went so far as to claim that Jean-Pierre’s handling of the issue was as bad as a blunder by Vice President Kamala Harris. He tweeted, “From the Kamala Harris and Michael Scott School of Communications where you just start a sentence and see where it takes you no matter what question you’ve been asked.”
“It actually looks like she might just be reading the wrong answer from her talking points written here – whatever Peter asked,” Whitlock added. “Talking points are fine – but you should at least try to answer a question.”
Liberty Daily editor JD Rucker wrote: “It’s only Karine Jean-Pierre’s first day, so we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. It’s easy to dodge questions. She will eventually master her predecessor’s art of blaming Republicans, Trump, Putin, or Peter Doocy for all the evil in the world.”
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Republican author Nick Adams gave Jean-Pierre an Economics 101 lesson, tweeting: “What DOES NOT hold back inflation: -Taxing the rich. prices…Somebody give Karine Jean grades- Rock !”
“Karine Jean-Pierre spent almost 3 minutes on this and never answered the question posed to her by Doocy,” tweeted conservative commentator Carmine Sabia.
Real Clear News White House reporter Philip Wegmann tweeted, “She talks about the need for a fair tax code, collective bargaining and climate change, but doesn’t address the fundamental issue.”
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“It’s excruciating to watch,” tweeted Brian Riedl, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He added: “Not only is she answering the question by reading pre-written notes, but she seems to have turned to the wrong page as she doesn’t even remotely address the topic of the question (inflation) .”