Friday was Jen Psaki’s final day as President Biden’s press secretary, and today the Karine Jean-Pierre era began. Judging by how many questions were sidestepped or simply not directly answered, the transition is going to be seamless.
Jean-Pierre’s tenure began by reminding reporters about her qualifications and credentials (and by that, we mean sexual orientation and immigration history). Jean-Pierre then went on to not really provide an answer to a question about why President Biden will visit Buffalo, NY tomorrow but didn’t feel the need to go to Waukesha.
Moving on, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre about this tweet from @JoeBiden:
You want to bring down inflation?
Let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 13, 2022
As you can see, Biden’s new press secretary took a time-honored approach for this administration, which is to pretend to not know what Doocy’s referring to followed by refusing to actually answer the question:
DOOCY: “The President’s Twitter account posted the other day…How does raising taxes on corporations reduce inflation?”
KJP: “Um, so…Are you talking about a specific tweet?” pic.twitter.com/oHl0rGWEsY
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 16, 2022
That rambling non-answer makes it sound as if Jean-Pierre has been taking question answering lessons from Kamala Harris!
“Ah, umm, ahh,umm”. She’s doing great
— Go get your shine box (@billy_bagels) May 16, 2022
There were more “ums” and “uhs” in that non-answer than actual words.
— AmerConservative (@ConservativAmer) May 16, 2022
In fairness to Jean-Pierre, there was no way to answer the question about @JoeBiden’s tweet honestly because it’s so incredibly economically illiterate.