White House Press Sec Whiffs on CNN Softballs, Says Biden Places “Equity” at Center of Bidenomics

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre fawned to a friendly face at CNN about President Biden’s “equity”-based approach to his inflation-rattled economy. Cue the canned laughter.

During a Jan. 25 interview on CNN This Morning, Jean-Pierre harped to CNN Anchor and former White House reporter Phil Mattingly that “[Biden] has put equity at the center of everything that he’s talked about when it comes to the economy.” Mattingly, who referenced his past experience with Jean-Pierre at the White House, offered flattering economic analysis to help Jean-Pierre’s gaslighting along, before asking her to respond to a worn-out CNN propaganda line about a gap between how great the economy supposedly is and bad voter perceptions. In effect, Mattingly tossed softball questions in the apparent hope that Jean-Pierre would eventually knock the Biden economic messaging out of the park. She failed, miserably.

“The consumer sentiment numbers have been on the trendline upwards, the latest one just about surprised everybody. My question for you, as he goes into this big moment, in Wisconsin the speech, the UAW endorsement,” Mattingly said before setting up his softball question to Jean-Pierre. “For months you have been frustrated that there’s not been a correlation with public sentiment from the top-line numbers, that all defied expectations. Do you feel like the corner is being turned right now, people are getting it, that it’s landing, and, not only will this not be a drag heading into a campaign season, this is actually going to be a benefit for the president?”

Unbelievably, Jean-Pierre stumbled on this regime media question. In an unforced error, Jean-Pierre told Mattingly, “What we’re seeing with the trends, the economic trends, it’s because of what this president has done. He has put equity at the center of everything that he’s talked about when it comes to the economy.” This isn’t the flex Jean-Pierre is making it seem to be. A new ABC News/Ipsos poll of 2,228 adults released Jan. 14 showed what the current “trends” for Biden look like: a majority 56 percent “disapprove” of the way he’s handled the economy so far and a whopping 71 percent said the economy was in “bad shape” due to higher prices and interest rates. Even more damning is that “Biden has a tepid 65 percent approval rating among Democrats for handling the economy, a career low.”

It could be precisely because of Biden’s multi trillion-dollar, so-called “equity”-centered economic policies that exacerbated the inflation crisis that Americans currently believe the economy stinks.

Later, Jean-Pierre argued that “wages are up” with no pushback whatsoever from Mattingly. In fact, real wages went down from the first quarter of 2021 to the third quarter of 2023 from $373 a week to $365 a week. 

The recent growth in median real wages to $373 a week celebrated by the press secretary means that Americans have just simply returned to what they were making at the start of the Biden presidency, hardly an accomplishment. Mattingly didn’t bother mentioning this.

Unfortunately, Americans reportedly need to spend an extra $11,000 to maintain the standard of living they had when Biden waltzed into the White House in January 2021. Unsurprisingly, Mattingly didn’t ask Jean-Pierre about this inconvenient fact either. 

Conservatives are under attack! Contact CNN at 404-827-1500 and demand the outlet tell the truth about how terrible Bidenomics has been for the U.S. economy.

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