Biden’s Press Sec Cites Hatch Act in Dodging Reporter’s Question on 2024 Election
- December 4, 2023
Fred Lucas, Daily Signal
The House last week moved to repeal an executive order by President Joe Biden that critics say could cause federal employees to violate a law prohibiting partisan politicking on the taxpayers’ dime.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre alluded Monday to the law, the Hatch Act, in avoiding an answer to a reporter’s direct question.
Yet Jean-Pierre also touted an executive action by Biden that directed federal government agencies to drive up voting.
The independent Office of Special Counsel accused Jean-Pierre and deputy press secretary Andrew Bates of acting “contrary” to official guidance on the Hatch Act, NBC News first reported last week. This came after the OSC previously determined Jean-Pierre had been violating the Hatch Act in the run-up to the 2022 elections by repeatedly using the term “MAGA” as a derogatory adjective for Republicans. The term is an acronym for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”