During Monday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accidentally told the truth —the American Rescue Plan directly contributed to the economic crisis and the current state of inflation.
It all started when Fox Business correspondent Edward Lawrence asked Jean-Pierre if she had a “timeline for when Americans can start feeling some economic pain relief.”
“In regards to the Inflation Reduction Act, early next year they will see some of the pieces of that when you think about energy costs, when you think about the Medicare kind of benefits from that. So, we’ll see some movement on that early next year,” she said, before claiming gas prices have gone down and over-the-counter hearing aids will help.
Lawrence countered with the fact that it’s been 18 months of climbing prices —then, KJP accidentally told the truth.
“Well, 18 months ago, the president signed the American Rescue Plan more – back in April of 2021,” she said, adding that it was “only Democrats” who voted to pass the massive spending bill and claiming it “helped the American people.”
Watch the exchange below:
REPORTER: "18 months ago when the president took office, inflation and gas prices starting rising."
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: "18 months ago the president signed the American Rescue Plan" pic.twitter.com/fGi2Zzm2j5
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 17, 2022
Republican staffer Matt Whitlock was quick to point out that, of course, the rescue plan triggered inflation.
Oh we remember, @PressSec https://t.co/I1YH7pEuTi pic.twitter.com/QE9XeYcGjb
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 17, 2022