Karine Jean-Pierre’s April Fools’ Hatch Act Joke Misfires: Press Briefing Takes Awkward Turn

Karine Jean-Pierre’s April Fools’ Hatch Act Joke Misfires: Press Briefing Takes Awkward Turn

  • April 1, 2024

Safak Costu, BNN Breaking

During a recent White House press briefing, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s attempt to inject some humor with an April Fools’ joke momentarily shifted the room’s atmosphere from professional to perplexed. Jean-Pierre announced President Biden had revoked the Hatch Act, allowing her to discuss the 2024 election, a statement she quickly clarified as jest. The joke, meant to lighten the mood, instead sparked a mix of groans and awkward silence among the press corps, underscoring the delicate balance of humor in official settings.

The reaction to Jean-Pierre’s joke was mixed, with some reporters expressing their dissatisfaction through groans, signaling the joke’s failure to land as intended. This event is not Jean-Pierre’s first encounter with the Hatch Act; she previously referenced ‘mega-MAGA Republicans’ in a manner that was deemed a violation, though no further actions were taken. Her attempt at humor, therefore, not only fell flat but also brought her past interactions with the Hatch Act back into discussion, raising questions about the appropriateness of such jokes in official briefings.

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