White House Prepares Americans for Even Higher Inflation

As the country waits expectantly for the latest Consumer Price Index numbers, the Biden White House is taking steps to get ahead of the report and prepare Americans for even higher inflation.

During Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that the administration didn’t have high hopes for the latest report on inflation. “On Wednesday we will have new CPI inflation data, and we expect the headline number — which includes gas and food — to be highly elevated,” Jean-Pierre said.

The press secretary then pinned the blame for June’s “highly elevated” inflation on a variety of outside factors, opting to ignore anything the president’s policies might have done to contribute to the problem. Jean-Pierre focused in particular on how high gas prices were in June, arguing that the gas component of the CPI would skew the data.

During the same press briefing, Jean-Pierre was asked about a recent poll showing that 63% of Democrats believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. While the press secretary initially seemed to sympathize with Americans’ worries, telling the reporter that they “understand what the American people are feeling,” she later reversed her position, stating that such polling was not a concern for the Biden administration.

“We’re not gonna pay attention to polls,” she said. “That’s not what we’re gonna do here.”

Jean-Pierre also claimed the country had a “strong economy” right now and that, contrary to experts’ predictions of a looming recession, Americans could expect “stable and steady growth” in the future.

Despite the White House’s seeming optimism about the country’s economic prospects, polling overwhelmingly shows that Americans are pessimistic about the future and fed-up with the president’s leadership. In a recent New York Times-Siena poll, only 13% of voters said the country is heading in the right direction — the lowest number since the 2008 financial crisis.

On Monday, Jean-Pierre dismissed the administration’s abysmal polling as an anomaly that would soon go away.

“There’s going to be many polls,” the press secretary maintained. “They’re going to go up, they’re going to go down, this is not the thing that we are solely focused on.”