KJP Violated Hatch Act After Being Warned to Stop (But No Disciplinary Action Will Be Taken)

KJP Violated Hatch Act After Being Warned to Stop (But No Disciplinary Action Will Be Taken)

  • December 1, 2023

John Sexton, HotAir

The Hatch Act is a law designed to prevent federal employees from getting involved in politics while on the job. The idea is that the bureaucrats who make up Washington, DC are supposed to work for the people, not for one party or the other. This can get a bit tricky when it comes to positions like the White House spokesperson. Karine Jean-Pierre is also supposed to carry out her duties in a non-partisan way and is not allowed to campaign from the White House podium even though she’s speaking for a President who is the leader of a specific party.

So the White House counsel’s office argued she didn’t know better and got her a reprieve. But even after this pointed warning was issued by the OSC, Karine Jean-Pierre and deputy press secretary Andrew Bates continued to violate the Hatch Act. Despite this, the OSC has once again declined to take any disciplinary action.

So KJP and her deputy both violated the act after the warning not to do it again and not only won’t their be any disciplinary action, the woman running the office that handles this for OSC won’t even criticize their behavior out loud. This is how rules are usually applied to Democrats.

As the Washington Free Beacon pointed out back in June, how seriously Washington takes the Hatch Act seems entirely dependent on who is said to be violating it. Maybe if KJP willingly violates it a few more times the OSC will finally enforce it.

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