Karine Jean-Pierre’s April Fools joke falls flat: ‘I thought you would love that!’

Karine Jean-Pierre’s April Fools joke falls flat: ‘I thought you would love that!’

  • April 1, 2024

Caitlin Doornbos, NY Post

The White House press secretary made an April Fool of herself on Monday, opening her briefing with a lame attempt at a prank that tricked absolutely no one in the press corps.

“So President Biden is scheduled to announce he is revoking the Hatch Act,” a grinning Jean-Pierre said confidently as she took the podium. “So as a gift to all of you, so now I can actually take all your questions about 2024.”

​​Jean-Pierre’s effort turned out to be a fool’s errand, drawing only groans from reporters in the briefing room.

“No? I thought you would love that?” Jean-Pierre responded before admitting defeat. “All right. OK. April Fools, April Fools, April Fools – it is April 1st.”

Jean-Pierre and her deputies have long cited the Hatch Act when dodging questions related to Biden’s campaign trail remarks or opinions on his predecessor and likely 2024 challenger, former President Donald Trump.

Weeks earlier, the independent Office of Special Counsel determined Jean-Pierre had violated the Hatch Act by repeatedly using the phrase “mega-MAGA Republicans” in reference to GOP candidates during the 2022 midterm cycle.

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