White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre got into an unexpectedly heated exchange with an ABC News anchor when he blasted the White House for its “Orwellian” efforts to hide the truth about the so-called Inflation Reduction Act.
Jean-Pierre celebrated the bill as some sort of big win for both the Democrats and the American people, but the ABC host, Jonathan Karl, pointed out that despite the bill’s name, the Congressional Budget Office says it would have minimal impact on inflation.
“Inflation has been a number one priority for this president, lowering costs has been a number one priority for this president,” said Jean-Pierre. “If you look…what Democrats in Congress did with this Inflation Reduction Act, the work of this president… you see that anti-inflation bill, you see that it’s going to lower costs for Americans.”
“But let me ask you, it’s called the ‘Inflation Reduction Act,’ but the Congressional Budget Office, which is nonpartisan, said that there would be a negligible impact on inflation this year and barely impact inflation at all next year, isn’t it almost Orwellian?” Karl pressed.
He continued, “How can you call it inflation reduction when the nonpartisan experts say it’s not gonna bring inflation down?”
“I appreciate the question. We’ve actually addressed this with the CBO,” Jean-Pierre continued. “It was the top line number; there’s more in there that shows it will have the money from– remember how we’re doing this, too, it’s making sure that billionaires in corporate America are paying their fair share, making sure that the tax code is a little bit more fair, and so when you do that, put it in its totality, you will see that it will bring down, lower the deficit, which will help fight inflation.”
She then went on to claim, “Look, here’s the thing we have 126 economists, both Republicans, both Democrats who have said it’s going to fight inflation, five former secretaries of treasury–”
“So you disagree with the assessment of the CBO?” Karl interjected.
“Well, there’s more to it than that,” she replied. “It was just the way that Republicans did that was so that [they] could make an argument that is false. It is going to fight inflation, it has been proven and said by economists across the board, on the Republican side and the Democrat side.”
In line with their attempts to deceive the public, the Biden administration has recently been claiming that inflation has somehow dropped to 0 percent – despite CPI data showing 8.5 percent.
“Today, we received news that our economy had 0 percent inflation in the month of July, 0 percent,” Biden said last week, adding “Here’s what that means: while the price of some things go up. went up last month, the price of other things went down by the same amount. The result? Zero inflation last month.”
Jean-Pierre repeated those misleading claims saying, “We just received news that our economy had 0% inflation in July. While the price of some things went up, the price of others, like gas, clothing, and more, dropped.”