White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki gave a snappy response Friday morning when Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed out that Americans care more about economics than social ones.
‘No you-know-what Sherlock! Of course they do!’ replied Psaki.
Brzezinski referred to data collected from a Virginia-based focus group of voters who elected President Joe Biden as president in 2020 and then voted for Republican governor candidate Glenn Youngkin, the winner of the race.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki gave a snappy response Friday morning when Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed out that Americans care more about economic than social issues.
“Yes, we recognize that prices are rising. That’s a problem,’ said Psaki. High gas prices have caused political headaches for President Joe Biden
Democratic pollster Brian Stryker said in a recent interview with The New York Times about his findings that the “Democrats have a problem.”
“People think we’re more focused on social issues than the economy — and the economy is the number 1 issue right now,” he said, the party’s main branding issue.
Brzezinski pointed this out to Psaki during Friday morning’s panel discussion.
“Democrats lose really hard on economic issues, and many Americans care more about economic issues than social issues and, of course, their health,” the anchor said. ‘How do you react? How do you think the White House could do better?’
Psaki agreed with what the focus group discovered.
“The American people care about COVID, get it under control, and they care about the economy,” she said. “As a woman from suburban Virginia with neighbors who are Democrats, Republicans and Independents, I can tell you that’s what they care about most,” she added.
She argued that Democrats have the opportunity to “be quite bold about the choice people have across the country.”
“Yes, we recognize that prices are rising. That is a problem. We recognize that we are still fighting the pandemic,” she said. “Who’s got a plan to do it?”
“Are you going to be the Republicans, going to yell through a megaphone, ‘It’s a problem,’ or are you going to be a Democrat and say, ‘Look, we just passed this infrastructure bill. We want to get Build. Back Done Better”, which incidentally will reduce costs for childcare, aged care and health care,” Psaki continues.
“We have a great agenda to move forward,” she said. Every election is a choice. And yes, we must continue to make and continue to make that choice about core issues that affect people’s homes.’
During the same performance, Psaki was on live television as the job numbers fell.
U.S. employers added just 210,000 jobs in November, well below the estimated 550,000 economists had forecast.
“That’s a song that feels a bit, what? A little off?’ Brzezinski asked.
Psaki said she was not yet able to publicly comment on the Labor Ministry report.
“Well, I know this sounds a bit archaic, but I can’t respond to it until 9:30 am, according to the rules because I work in the White House,” Psaki said. “I’ll say what people can expect the president to continue to say today, month by month, is that what we’re seeing are good trends.”
Biden welcomed the news and said America was back at work.
“Today we have incredible news that our unemployment rate has fallen to 4.2% – a level experts didn’t expect to reach until 2024,” he tweeted.
“We’ve created an average of 588,000 jobs per month this year, a record.”
Unemployment fell to 4.2 percent, the lowest since the start of the corona crisis. In October it was 4.6 percent.
The US has regained 83 percent of the jobs lost as a result of the pandemic.
In addition, wages rose.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain tweeted that the labor participation rate also increased.
It is at the fastest pace since March 2020, when the pandemic led to widespread closures and lockdowns.
The numbers come after a better October, when employers added 531,000 employees to their payroll.
October saw the best numbers since July, before the Delta variant of COVID-19 slammed recruiting.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Thursday that Omicron could pose a “significant” risk to the global economy.
“Hopefully it’s not something that will slow economic growth significantly,” Yellen said in an interview with Reuters. ‘There is’ a lot of uncertainty, but it can cause big problems. We are still evaluating that.’
Yellen said a new form of the coronavirus could exacerbate supply chain problems and soaring inflation.
Households have also built up huge savings and the number of self-employed has soared.
Biden has been plagued by sluggish polls, compounded by the government’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
His victories on the congressional front have done nothing to raise the needle, according to a Morning Consult poll found this week.
He ranks 45 percent approval and 52 percent disapproval in a survey conducted between Nov. 28 and 30.