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Karine Jean-Pierre roasted over ‘Orwellian’ tweet touting ‘0% inflation’


President Biden’s top spokesperson was accused of lying on Wednesday in a tweet touting “0% inflation in July” — whilst federal data indicated that the buyer price index rose by 8.5% 12 months over 12 months.

“We just received news that our economy had 0% inflation in July,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted on Wednesday.

“While the value of some things went up, the value of others, like gas, clothing, and more, dropped.”

Jean-Pierre also hailed the dip in gasoline prices, which she called “the fastest in a decade” which was “saving American families with two cars $106 per thirty days on average.”

In the identical tweet thread, Jean-Pierre wrote that “real wages went up for the primary time in almost a 12 months.” She also urged the House to pass the Inflation Reduction Act “as soon as possible” as a way to “lower health care, prescription drug, and energy costs.”

But Twitter users pushed back against Jean-Pierre’s claims.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre toed the administration line that the country saw “0% inflation in July.”REUTERS

Twitter users pushed back on Jean-Pierre's tweets on Wednesday.Twitter users pushed back on Jean-Pierre’s tweets on Wednesday.

“Great. No need for the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ anymore…” tweeted Yossi Gestetner.

One other Twitter user, Kevin Dalton, posted a link to a news article indicating that inflation was 8.5% in July, writing: “Aside from the entire lie you simply told, I totally imagine you…”

Joel Griffith, a research fellow on the Heritage Foundation, posted a tweet showing the increased prices of key goods.

“Inflation this past 12 months of 8.5% is near a 40-yr high,” he noted.

One Twitter user went to this point as so as to add a “clown face” filter to a clip of Jean-Pierre touting the strength of the economy from the White House press room podium.

The rate of inflation was 8.5% in July -- hovering around record levels not seen in four decades.The speed of inflation was 8.5% in July — hovering around record levels not seen in 4 many years.

Supporters of the administration, nonetheless, tried to make clear Jean-Pierre’s tweet. One noted that the press secretary meant that “inflation during the last month has been 0%” and that it “hasn’t increased up to now month.”

But one other Twitter user responded: “You don’t compare inflation month to month. It’s compared 12 months to 12 months. But you wouldn’t know that.”

Last month, Jean-Pierre was widely mocked for claiming that “we’re stronger economically than we’ve got been in history.”

Americans continue to be saddled with higher-than-usual food prices.Americans proceed to be saddled with higher-than-usual food prices.Levine-Roberts/Sipa USA

She cited low unemployment in addition to “greater than 8.7 million latest jobs created” — though critics noted that was as a result of the tip of pandemic-related lockdown measures and Americans returning en masse to the workforce after the vaccination drive.

The 8.5% rise in inflation last month was lower than the sharp, 9.1% increase in June, but still hovering at a high not seen since 4 many years ago.

Core inflation, which excludes food and gas prices, rose by 5.9% annually and by 0.3% in comparison with June.

Analysts said that a drop in demand has led to falling gas and energy prices, though that trend can easily reverse itself given volatile geopolitical conditions, including the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine, in addition to possible hurricanes within the US.

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