ABC’S Jonathan Karl to KJP: ‘Isn’t it almost Orwellian? How can you call it the Inflation Reduction Act’

When it comes to the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, which many experts say will do little to stem rising prices, even reliable Biden administration water carriers are expressing skepticism.

At the same time, President Biden’s spokesperson struggles to counter that perception with an effective message.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, where host Jonathan Karl asked if it was “Orwellian” to call the Inflation Reduction Act by its name, given all the skepticism.

“Isn’t it almost Orwellian?” Karl asked. “How can you call it the Inflation Reduction Act when the nonpartisan experts say it’s not going to bring inflation down?”

“I appreciate the question,” Jean-Pierre answered, this being the first clue that she was going to have a hard time responding. “We’ve actually addressed this with the CBO. The top line number, there’s more in there that shows that it will have the money…It’s making sure that billionaires in corporate America are paying their fair share, making sure that the tax code is a little bit more fair. So when you do that, when you put it in its totality, you will see it will bring down the deficit, which will help fight inflation.”

The mumbo-jumbo response suggesting that in a roundabout way, the legislation Democrats are hoping will hold off an onslaught in the November midterms may get around to addressing inflation eventually. Of course, zealots wasted no time dropping the official title and simply calling it the “climate bill,” which is what it is in large part, having earmarked $369 billion for climate change.

But the reaction online seemed to center around a common theme — which is just how bad KJP is at her job. Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:


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