(RepublicanJournal.org) – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre found herself in trouble with Conservatives once again after a recent press briefing. She defended a tweet President Joe Biden released that stated the average American’s real wages had exceeded pre-pandemic numbers — a claim fact-checkers reportedly flagged. Twitter users roasted the press secretary over her response.
Right now, real wages for the average American worker is higher than it was before the pandemic, with lower wage workers seeing the largest gains.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 16, 2023
The backlash began with Biden’s July 16 tweet claiming the benefits of “Bidenomics.” The president wrote that lower-wage workers had gained the most ground, but he insisted the average American also saw notable income improvements over the past couple of years. Fact-checkers quickly jumped in, reporting that earnings in early 2020, adjusting for inflation, had averaged $11.15, while those same figures for July 2023 had fallen to $11.05. Townhall.com shared Jean-Pierre’s response to the fact-check, triggering another wave of angry responses.
The flag on Biden’s post has since been removed without explanation, but it left behind plenty of questions and enough fuel to spark an explosion of outrage. Figures from Statista raise likely errors on both sides of the political aisle.
The president noted his figures compared current “real wages” to those from before the health crisis. Fact-checkers chose March 2020 earnings as their starting point — but had they chosen February 2020, their beginning figure would have been $11.02; had they chosen April, they could have claimed $11.74 as their point of comparison. In other words, those numbers are easy to spin.
The greatest error lies with Jean-Pierre. She stated that the president had pulled his figures from February 2021 — but that’s an entire year off from Biden’s pre-pandemic reference. Even more, she cherry-picked a month when the economy was experiencing a temporary spike.
Regardless of how politicians want to parse it, the purchasing power of the average US citizen has been on a steady decline. The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated that a supermarket trip totaling $500 in 2021 cost consumers $532.50 in 2022. Inflation increased food prices another 7.7% over the past year, with an overall increase in Consumer Price Index by 4.9%, while the federal minimum wage remains at a paltry $7.25 per hour.
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