Democrat President Joe Biden was caught calling a reporter a “stupid son of a b****” after he asked a question Biden was not too fond of.
Fox News Peter Doocy asked the president on Monday about inflation and its potential impact on the upcoming midterm elections.
“Do you think inflation is a political liability for midterms?” Doocy asked.
“It’s a great asset, more inflation,” Biden responded. “What a stupid son of a b****.”
The tense exchange followed a warning by former Treasury Secretary under former President Clinton and director of the National Economic Council under former President Barack Obama, which suggested that the U.S. is moving toward “higher entrenched inflation.”
“I think the data flow is saying what I’ve thought for quite some time that, yes, there are transitory elements in inflation, and very likely they will recede, but we are basically moving towards higher entrenched inflation,” Summers said. “It’s there in expectations, it’s there in wages, it’s there in labor shortages, it’s there in the pervasive pattern across many different prices.”
“And people try to excuse it by picking this figure and that figure from month to month, but we’ve got an overheated economy, and the Fed’s gonna have a very real challenge of cooling that economy off and doing it in a controlled way,” he continued.
“That has not been done very successfully in the past. So it’s going to be a very challenging year for macroeconomic policy.”
When asked if top White House officials were right in saying that the inflation problem was a result of “a supply side problem,” Summers responded, “No, he’s wrong.”
“We have a massive, overheated labor market,” Summers continued. “We have the highest ratio of vacancies to unemployment in the country’s history, by a large margin. We have shortages of labor, in everything from psychotherapy, to McDonalds, in everything from investment analysts to gardeners, that suggests a surfeit of purchasing power and demand relative to the capacity of the economy to produce and unless we bring those things into balance, we’re going to have not just higher inflation, but possibly even accelerating inflation. And we need to recognize that we have an overheated economy that we are going to need to cool off.”
Summers later added, “Every time a Washington policy maker suggests that this is caused by corporate greed or some such, they are delaying the date at which we will achieve the credibility necessary to bring down inflation with stable employment.”
Biden’s rhetoric towards the media has seemingly gotten more aggressive as of late, perhaps simply due to the fact that he is actually showing face with the press now. Biden made another attack last week on another Fox News reporter, Jacqui Heinrich, when the reporter asked about the situation in Ukraine.
“Why are you waiting on Putin to make the first move, sir?” Heinrich asked in reference to Biden not taking noticeable action to deter Russian aggression.
Biden laughed and said, “What a stupid question.”
The president faced backlash on Monday night over his insulting of Doocy. A number of people pointed out what Biden told his staffers on his first day in office when he said, “I am not joking when I say this, if you are ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect… talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot.”
Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson said, “If inflation is hurting you or your family, Joe Biden thinks you’re ‘a stupid SOB,’ and he won’t hesitate to call you that to your face. Working families are being CRUSHED by this White House, and their ‘solution’ is to curse out ANYONE who questions them. Totally out of control!”
Republican Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez said, “And supposedly the adults are back in the room. Give me a break.”
Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the RNC said, “We just had the worst December at the border in DHS history. Inflation is at 7%. The U.S. embassy in Ukraine has begun evacuating. But Heaven forbid you ask Joe Biden a question.”
Author: Charles Doakes