Psaki makes WH chief of staff’s tone deaf let them eat cake retweet worse

The perfect storm of skyrocketing prices and barren shelves as a result of the collapse of the supply chain threatens to derail the radical agenda of the Biden administration and things are now deteriorating so rapidly that even some in the media are beginning to ask questions.

Already faced with the growing perception that the White House is indifferent to the suffering of ordinary Americans, the administration has done little to demonstrate that they have much desire to exercise the strong leadership necessary to address backlogged ports where shipping containers continue to pile up along with empty shelves just in time for the holidays.

The “let them eat cake” attitude of the ruling class was exemplified by White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s dismissive response to a reporter’s question about a tweet from Ron Klain, who serves as Biden’s chief of staff, in which he expressed approval for a Harvard economist’s opinion that the economic conditions that are hitting families hard are “high-class problems,” a view that is likely pervasive among Ivy League elitists.

Psaki, who earlier this week seemed to suggest that people are too dumb to notice how much more things cost now than they did two years ago, rudely flipped the pages of her notebook when asked whether Klain’s tweet and retweet of former Obama economic official Jason Furman was tone-deaf.

“White House Chief of Staff, Ron Klain retweeted a message yesterday, not once, but twice that inflation and supply chain issues are high class issues,” said the reporter, “But some of the sharpest price increases over the last month included products that every American buys, beef products, chicken, eggs, regular unleaded gasoline, laundry equipment, furniture, clothing, the list goes on…why you would Ron Klain tweet that? And would you agree that that’s a little bit tone-deaf?”

Psaki snarkily replied, “Do you think two tweets means more? I’m just curious.”

She continued, “So, just for context, what Ron Klain retweeted was a tweet from the former Chairman of Economic Advisers, Jason Furman, where he said for full context, which I think is important, most of the economic problems we’re facing, inflation, supply chains are high-class problems.” Psaki said, “What he went on to say is, we wouldn’t have had them if the unemployment rate was still 10 percent, we would instead have had a much worse problem.”

“So I think the point here is, while there are some critics who are saying, what some of these critics are saying is,  I don’t… we don’t know if they’re saying that what they thought was great was when the unemployment rate was double what it is today, or when people were locked in their homes and therefore gas prices were lower.” She said.  “We’re at this point because the unemployment rate has come down and been cut in half, because people are buying more goods, because people are traveling, and because demand is up, and because the economy is turning back on.”

Psaki added, “So, Jason Furman, of course, is more than capable of speaking or tweeting for himself, obviously, and providing any additional context.”

She then fell back on the familiar refrain by blaming it all on COVID, “But what the point is here is that… is that we are at this point because we’ve made progress in the economy, and what would be worse, in our view, is if the unemployment rate was at 10 percent, people were out of work, hundreds of thousands of people were still dying of COVID, and people weren’t able to lose their homes. So, that’s the full context.”

The reporter followed up, “And that’s a much more eloquent way of putting it than the high class comment in that tweet, it’s not the first time that Ron Klain’s Twitter has drawn some sharp criticism. Is that something that the White House is addressing at all, given this pushback, this criticism?” he asked, referring to one of Klain’s other controversial tweets.

Psaki asked, “Are we addressing the chief of staff’s Twitter habits?”

Following the reporter’s affirmative response, she added, “It is not a top priority, I would tell you, at this point in time. The chief of staff is out there speaking on his own accord to members of Congress, to the media, frequently, as any chief of staff does. And I think it’s important also for anyone here to be able to tout points that they find interesting, and that’s the purpose of public speech.”

Klain, a longtime Democratic political operative came under fire after he appeared to express his support for the far-left House progressives and their hostage-taking with the bipartisan infrastructure bill unless the $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” package that is a Trojan horse for the Green New Deal is also passed.

Psaki also snarked her way through a response to a question about that re-tweet by Klain.

To regular Americans who are struggling to put food on the table and presents under the tree, it can’t be any more clear that the administration could care less about them.


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