White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is famously level-headed, and not just compared to her predecessors in the Trump administration. Even she’s shutting down someone like Fox News’ Peter Doocy, she does so without resorting to the snide snootery of a Kayleigh McEnany. But she does push back when she feels she has to, and on Monday she decided that she wasn’t going to let one of congressman Jim Jordan’s attempted gotcha tweets slide.
You forgot to mention that gas prices are the same now as they were in June 2018. Or that this time last year unemployment was 11.1% — today it’s 5.8%.@POTUS agrees families shouldn’t pay more at the pump – that’s why he’s opposed to GOP proposals to raise the gas tax. https://t.co/tc5cDXrbJR
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) June 21, 2021
Jordan — one of the more vocal Trumpists in Congress and best known as the bosom buddy of Matt Gaetz, who’s under federal investigation for potential ties to a sex trafficking ring — has a habit of going on Twitter and throwing red meat to people who don’t know better. His latest attempted attack compared average gas prices last year to now. Back then, they were $2.21. Now they’re $3.07. Under these stats, Jordan simply wrote “President Biden’s economy!”
Give him this: At least he’s actually acknowledging Biden is president. But there’s a lot of context missing, such as: Maybe there were a couple very different things happening this time last year? Or maybe listing what gas prices were like before.
Well, Psaki was happy to help him out. “You forgot to mention that gas prices are the same now as they were in June 2018. Or that this time last year unemployment was 11.1% — today it’s 5.8%,” Psaki wrote. “@POTUS agrees families shouldn’t pay more at the pump – that’s why he’s opposed to GOP proposals to raise the gas tax.”
She also got some help from White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. “Gas was cheaper in 2020 because the pandemic limited travel — and the unemployment rate was over 13%,” he informed Jordan. “Today: gas prices are where they were in 2018, unemployment is below 6%, and growth is the highest in 40 years. June 2020 v. June 2021? Happy to have that debate!”
Gas was cheaper in 2020 because the pandemic limited travel — and the unemployment rate was over 13%.
Today: gas prices are where they were in 2018, unemployment is below 6%, and growth is the highest in 40 years.
June 2020 v. June 2021? Happy to have that debate! https://t.co/KUJEkk18L7
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) June 21, 2021
People were quick to cheer Psaki on for not letting a Republican politician’s obfuscations slide.
Jen Psaki just dunked on Jim Jordan: pic.twitter.com/w66G5c0ncR
— Jack Cocchiarella (@JDCocchiarella) June 21, 2021
Jen Psaki brought the receipts. From the gas station. In 2018. pic.twitter.com/lM1SO1e4Pe
— Isiah Whitlock Jr. (@IsiahWhitlockJr) June 21, 2021
Never bring a Jim Jordan to a Jen Psaki fight.
— Chris Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) June 21, 2021
If you’re going to go toe-to-toe with Jen Psaki, you better have a good question ready. And if you are making a claim, you better have a source to back it up.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) June 21, 2021
Press Secretary Jen Psaki continues to slay as she literally destroyed a propaganda tweet from pervert Jim Jordan today about the economy. I absolutely love this badass warrior and her ability to demolish all bullshit from the worst beings in society.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 21, 2021
I will buy Jen Psaki another pair of shoes, since she left one in Gym Jordan's behind.
— Nurses Against Dick Pics. (@ClaudetteGGibs1) June 21, 2021
Jen Psaki is missing a shoe because it’s in Jim Jordan’s ass
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) June 21, 2021
Some were even worried about Jordan after.