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Karine Jean-Pierre inadvertently makes telling admission about inflation crisis and Biden's actions
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Karine Jean-Pierre inadvertently makes telling admission about inflation crisis and Biden's actions

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday inadvertently connected President Joe Biden's pandemic stimulus bill and the inflation crisis.

What did KJP say?

At the White House press briefing, reporters peppered Jean-Pierre with questions about inflation.

One reporter, asking when Americans can expect relief, noted that inflation began rising significantly 18 months ago. Without realizing the irony, Jean-Pierre immediately noted that rise began after Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan.

"What about 18 months ago, when the president took office, inflation and gas prices started rising then?" the reporter asked.

"Well, 18 months ago, the president signed the American Rescue Plan back in April 2021," she responded. (Biden actually signed it into law on March 11, 2021)

10/17/22: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierreyoutu.be

Jean-Pierre then claimed the Biden administration "created more than 10 million jobs" — which also is not true; the job "growth" was due to people returning to the workforce after the pandemic — and noted that "only congressional Democrats" supported the American Rescue Plan.

The remarks are particularly ironic because economists, in the words of the New York Times, "agree that the stimulus spending contributed to accelerating inflation." In fact, the Federal Reserve of San Francisco was sounding the alarm earlier this year that Biden's COVID stimulus had overheated the economy. Jean-Pierre's response solidifies the connection economists already see.

The data is even more telling. After Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, inflation sharply increased — and has remained high ever since.

So when will Americans see relief?

The Biden administration says inflation is Biden's top priority. But officials are not disclosing specifics about the promised relief from inflation, like when Americans can actually expect to see inflation go down.

On Monday, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy grilled Jean-Pierre for such specifics — but she could not provide them.

After saying legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act (which will not lower inflation) and the CHIPS Act will "change the lives of American people," Doocy had a one-word follow up.

"When?" he asked.

Jean-Pierre, however, did not answer the question — but she did attack Republicans.

"Now, is there a work to be done? There’s always more work to be done," she responded. "Again, congressional Republicans, they are doing absolutely nothing. They want to repeal. They want to take away the advances that we have made."

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Chris Enloe

Chris Enloe

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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News
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