On Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre – who just replaced former Press Secretary Jen Psaki – spent her first day struggling to answer questions on the ongoing inflation crisis, going as far as to reference climate change in her attempt at explaining what President Biden’s administration is doing to combat rising prices.
“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?” Fox News’ White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked.
“So, are you talking about a specific tweet?” Jean-Pierre responded, prompting Doocy to reread the tweet.
“He tweeted, ‘You want to bring down inflation? Let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share?’” Doocy said.
“Look, 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. And that is important to do. And that is something that, you know, the President has been, you know, working on every day when we talk about inflation and lowering costs,” Jean-Pierre responded. “And so it’s very important that, you know, as we’re seeing costs rise, as we’re talking about how to, you know — you know, build an America that is safe, that’s equal for everyone, and doesn’t leave anyone behind, that is an important part of that as well.”
“But how does raising taxes on corporations lower the cost of gas, the cost of using a car, or the cost of food for everyday Americans?” Doocy asked.
Jean-Pierre struggled to answer, saying, “So look you know, I think we encourage those who have done very well, especially those who care about climate change, to support a fair tax code that does not 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 existential problems, if you think about that as an example.”
“To support basic collective bargaining rights as well,” she continued. “That’s also important. But look you know, it is … without having a fair tax code, which is what I am talking about, then, like manufacturer workers, cops, you know, it is not fair for them to have to pay higher taxes than the folks who are not paying taxes at all.”
“What does that have to do with inflation?” Doocy asked and then repeated Biden’s tweet for a third time.
Jean-Pierre just again claimed that a “fair tax code” would lower inflation without explaining how the two were connected.