Doocy remains the Press Conference Menace
Karine Jean-Pierre stumped on her first day...
Jen Psaki’s spirit lives on in the White House as the newly appointed press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is stumped by Peter Doocy about a tweet from President Biden regarding inflation. Doocy, from Fox News, was one of Psaki’s toughest opinionators whenever she took the podium to address the nation.
“Karine, congratulations, it’s nice to see you up there. The president’s Twitter account posted the other day if you wanna bring down inflation, let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share. How does raising taxes on corporations reduce inflation?”
Jean-Pierre, responded in a tone that showed she was stumped, “Um, so, are you talking about a specific tweet?”
We all know which tweet, the one in which Biden claims inflation will be eased is the wealthiest corporations “pay their fair share.”
Jean-Pierre: “Look, we have talked about, um, we have talked about this past year, about making sure that the wealthiest among us are paying their fair share, and that is important to do. That is something the president has been working on every day when we talk about inflation and lowering costs, so it’s very important that as we’re seeing costs rise, as we’re talking about how to, you know, build an America that’s equal for everyone and doesn’t leave anyone behind, that is an important part of that as well.”
Doocy: “But how does raising taxes on corporations lower the cost of gas, the cost of a used car, the cost of food for everyday Americans?”
Jean-Pierre: “So I think we encourage those who have done very well, especially those who care about climate change, to support a fairer tax code that doesn’t charge manufacturers workers, cops, builders a higher percentage of their earnings, than the most fortunate people in our nation, and not let that stand in the way of reducing energy costs and fighting an existential problem if you think about it, that is an example. To support basic collective bargaining rights as well. But look, by not, without, having a fairer tax code, which is what I’m talking about, then all, like, manufacture workers, cops, you know, it’s not fair for them to have to pay higher taxes than the folks who are not paying taxes at all.”
Doocy: “But what does that have to do with inflation? The President said if you wanna bring down inflation let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share. Jeff Bezos came out and tweeted about that, he said ‘the newly created disinformation board should review this tweet.’ Would you be okay with that?”
Jean-Pierre: “Look, it’s not a huge mystery why one of the wealthiest individuals on earth, right, opposes an economic agenda that is for the middle class, that cuts some of the biggest costs families face, fights inflation for the long haul, right, and that’s what we’re talking about, that’s why we’re talking about lowering inflation here, and adds to the historic deficit reduction the president is achieving by asking the richest taxpayers and corporations to pay their fair share. That’s what we’re talking about.”