Karine Jean-Pierre is in big trouble after getting caught breaking this law
Karine Jean-Pierre keeps making new messes.
The latest disaster was caught on camera in front of the world.
And Karine Jean-Pierre is in big trouble after getting caught breaking this law.
During a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre allegedly ran afoul of the Hatch Act, a law that prevents federal employees from engaging in partisan politics while in their official capacity.
Violations can face penalties which range from fines to potential removal from federal employment.
Jean-Pierre’s trouble arose when she blurted out the phrase “MAGAnomics” to attack former President Donald Trump and Republicans to blunt criticism of the “Bidenomics” moniker that denoted high inflation and a lower standard of living for Americans.
Is @presssec use of term “MAGAnomics” from the White House podium today a violation of the law?
OSC memo: “MAGA remains the campaign slogan of a current candidate for partisan political office, and therefore, its use constitutes political activity” https://t.co/lo7C3rm1KV pic.twitter.com/4Ys0k4pkdc
— Raj Shah (@RajShahDC) January 26, 2024
This was a problem for Jean-Pierre because the Office of the Special Counsel already dinged her last June for a November 2022 swipe at “mega MAGA Republicans.”
The Office of the Special Counsel issued a memo warning administration officials they couldn’t use phrases like “MAGA” while on the clock since it was a slogan closely associated with Donald Trump.
“In addition, employees may not use these campaign slogans when they are conducting government business or performing their duties as government officials, to include, giving official speeches, responding to media inquiries, announcing or defending policy initiatives, or otherwise communicating (via email, text, social media, press releases, etc.) on official matters,” the memo stated.
“MAGA remains the campaign slogan of a current candidate for partisan political office, and therefore, its use constitutes political activity. This is true regardless of whether the slogan is used positively or negatively to describe—e.g., MAGA officials, MAGA Republicans, MAGA policies, or MAGA Members of Congress. Accordingly, federal employees should not use “MAGA” or “Make America Great Again” while on duty, in the workplace, or when acting in their official capacity, including communicating through social media, email, or on government websites,” the memo added.
Karine Jean-Pierre obviously didn’t care and now it remains to be seen if she will face consequences.