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Jillian Michaels puts Bill Maher in his place for defending Biden's post-COVID economy: 'Buy some f***ing eggs!'
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Jillian Michaels puts Bill Maher in his place for defending Biden's post-COVID economy: 'Buy some f***ing eggs!'

Fitness guru Jillian Michaels reality-checked Bill Maher in a recent episode of his own podcast about the inflation crisis and the state of the economy.

Following a lengthy conversation about the COVID-19 pandemic and health, Maher repeated what he recently read in a newspaper about the economy, though he did not specify which periodical.

"Isn't it amazing to you?" he asked Michaels. "This country came out of the pandemic way better. We won the pandemic economically."

But Michaels, a trainer best known for being a star on the reality show "The Biggest Loser," immediately called out what she believed was Maher's distorted view of reality.

"We did? God, I don't feel that way. Explain it to me. I feel like inflation is insane," Michaels responded.

"Inflation is not insane," Maher claimed.

"Bill, go buy a car. A house has tripled here," Michaels fired back. "Buy some f***ing eggs!"

Maher suggested in response that "feelings" are driving fears about inflation and the economy, arguing "the numbers" prove those emotions are incongruent with reality. However, Maher did not cite any data to back his claims.

It's true that inflation has cooled significantly from the crisis experienced nearly two years ago when inflation reached record levels. But that doesn't mean prices of goods are dropping. Rather, it means that prices are not increasing as quickly as they were.

The latest analysis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that inflation "increased 0.3 percent in January on a seasonally adjusted basis" to 3.1%. Core inflation — which measures all inflation minus volatile food and energy — is at 3.9%, a more telling metric. Both figures are significantly above the Federal Reserve's targeted rate of 2%.

Reality aside, Michaels' response also demonstrated that Maher, a rich celebrity, is out of touch with the economic concerns of average Americans.

Later in the episode, Michaels explained why she moved from California to Florida.

Not only is Florida "less crazy," but Michaels described an incident during the COVID-19 pandemic in which a criminal released from jail because of the pandemic reoffended, targeting her home in Malibu.

"Long story, but third strike, guy goes to jail, gets let out during COVID," she said. "I mean, give me a f***ing break!"

Michaels — who admitted she "couldn't have been more left" before the pandemic but now sees herself as a political centrist — repeatedly bashed Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and California's leaders in the interview. She said they are "decriminalizing everything" and "prioritizing crazy s***."

She also admonished Maher for supporting Newsom, who defended the governor's pandemic hypocrisy. Newsom, Michaels said, is a "hypocrite" who refused to follow his own "absurd" pandemic rules.

"He didn't follow his own rules," Michaels said. "If you're going to be a leader, you lead by example."

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