Peter Doocy Leaves Karine Jean-Pierre Gasping for Air After Simple Question on Inflation

Peter Doocy Leaves Karine Jean-Pierre Gasping for Air After Simple Question on Inflation By Jeff Charles for Red State

Newly-appointed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had a rough start to her new position on Monday in an exchange with Fox News’ Peter Doocy. During a press conference, the reporter asked her about President Joe Biden’s recent comments on the economy when he suggested raising taxes on large corporations would somehow alleviate the inflation problems Americans are experiencing. What followed was one of the most embarrassing moments one might see at a White House press briefing.

During the exchange, Doocy asked: “The president’s Twitter account posted the other day. ‘You want to bring down inflation? Let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.’ How does raising taxes on corporations reduce inflation?”

Jean-Pierre gave a meandering response that did not even come close to answering Doocy’s question. “Well, you know, we have talked about…we have talked about this this past year about making sure that the wealthiest among us are paying their fair share,” she stammered. “And that is important to do. And that is something that, you know, the president has been working on every day when we talk about inflation and lowering costs. And so it’s very important that, you know, as we’re seeing costs rise, as we’re talking about how to, you know, build an America that’s safe, that’s equal for everyone and doesn’t leave anyone behind. That is an important part of that as well.”

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After trying to consume that word salad, Doocy pressed, asking again how raising taxes on corporations would “lower the cost of gas, the cost of a used car, the cost of food for everyday Americans.”

Jean-Pierre gave it another shot:

“So, look, I think we encourage those who have done very well, right? Especially those who care about climate change to support a fairer tax code. That doesn’t change. It doesn’t charge manufacturers, workers, cops, builders a higher percentage of their earnings that the most fortunate people in our nation and not let that stand in the way of reducing energy costs and fighting this existential problem, if you think about that as an example. And to support basic collective bargaining rights as well. That’s also important. But look, it is, you know, by not without having a fair tax code, which is what I’m talking about, then like manufacturing workers, cops. You know, it’s not fair for them to have to pay higher taxes than the folks that who are who are who are not paying taxes at all.”

Doocy, undeterred, continued pushing for an actual answer to his question. “But what does that have to do with inflation?” he asked. He pointed to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ response to Biden’s tweet suggesting that raising taxes on corporations will solve the inflation problem. He noted how Bezos suggested the new Disinformation Governance Board should flag Biden’s tweet as misinformation.

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