In the seemingly endless cycle of Biden administration evasions and refusals to take responsibility for crises of its own creation came an exasperating White House press briefing this week in which press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre continued to try and cover for the failings of her boss, as video of the event reveals.
Jean-Pierre was pressed hardest by Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy who wanted to know if President Joe Biden was willing to acknowledge that his policies might be at least in part to blame for soaring inflation.
Of particular focus for Doocy was the skyrocketing prices consumers are seeing at the pumps, and he pointedly inquired of Jean-Pierre, “In some places in this country now, a gallon of gas costs more than people on the federal minimum wage are making in an hour. What does the White House want these people to do? Just stop driving to work?”
Frustratingly, the successor to former press secretary Jen Psaki defaulted to the easily debunked trope that Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for higher fuel costs and assured Doocy that Biden “understands what it means for people who are sitting at their kitchen table and see gas prices go up.”
Doocy persisted, however, saying, “You just mentioned Putin a few times as a reason for recent inflation. Do you guys think that any part of inflation this year is because of President Biden’s spending plans? Or is it all Putin’s fault?”
When that question elicited little more than the customary dodges, Doocy took yet another shot, saying, “So I guess the next question would be, does President Biden take any responsibility for his policies potentially contributing to inflation?”
No, insisted Jean-Pierre, who excruciatingly declared, “[Biden’s] policies has [sic] helped the economy get back on its feet. That’s what his policies has [sic] – his policies has [sic] done. This – when we talk about the gas prices right now, this is indeed Putin’s gas hike.” WATCH:
Doocy: “Does President Biden take any responsibility for his policies potentially contributing to inflation?”
Karine Jean-Pierre: “His policies has [sic] helped the economy gets back on its feet. That’s what his policies has [sic] — his policies has [sic] done.” pic.twitter.com/vYGpboygRc
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 31, 2022
Try as the White House might to paper over the administration’s glaring culpability when it comes to the inflationary pain millions of Americans are experiencing every single day, according to a recent NBC News poll, the citizenry – wisely – simply isn’t buying what they are selling, with just 6% of respondents laying blame at Putin’s feet, and most others pinning responsibility squarely on Biden.
With national average gas prices coming in at $4.761 per gallon as of Friday and showing no signs of downward motion, Jean-Pierre’s job of obfuscating the truth behind inflation is only going to get that much harder in the days and weeks to come.