Monday was Karine Jean-Pierre’s first day as White House Press Secretary, and she did a great job, proving that she’s a superb replacement for Jen Psaki, who is now working for MSNBC.
At one point during today’s press briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy decided to ask about a tweet that had been sent out last Friday by President Joe Biden which read:
“The president’s Twitter account posted the other day if you wanna bring down inflation, let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share. How does raising taxes on corporations reduce inflation?”
“We have talked about this past year, about making sure that the wealthiest among us are paying their fair share, and that is important to do. That is something the president has been working on everyday when we talk about inflation and lowering costs, so it’s very important that as we’re seeing costs rise, as we’re talking about how to, you know, build an America that’s equal for everyone and doesn’t leave anyone behind, that is an important part of that as well.”
Doocy followed up with this query:
“So I think we encourage those who have done very well, especially those who care about climate change, to support a fairer tax code that 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 an existential problem if you think about it, that is an example. To support basic collective bargaining rights as well.”
Not content, Doocy asked again:
“The President said if you wanna bring down inflation let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share. Jeff Bezos came out and tweeted about that, he said ‘the newly created disinformation board should review this tweet.’ Would you be okay with that?”
That led Jean-Pierre to put Bezos on full blast, responding:
“Look, it’s not a huge mystery why one of the wealthiest individuals on earth, right, opposes an economic agenda that is for the middle class, that cuts some of the biggest costs families face, fights inflation for the long haul, right, and that’s what we’re talking about, that’s why we’re talking about lowering inflation here, and adds to the historic deficit reduction the president is achieving by asking the richest taxpayers and corporations to pay their fair share. That’s what we’re talking about.”
Boom! That’s what we’re talking about. And while we’re at it, let’s also tax the hell out of Doocy’s boss, Rupert Murdoch. If he doesn’t like it, he can move back to Australia and renounce his American citizenship.