‘MAGAnomics’ legal loophole lets White House back away from ‘Bidenomics’

‘MAGAnomics’ legal loophole lets White House back away from ‘Bidenomics’

  • December 4, 2023
Christian Datoc, Washington Examiner
Democrats on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue are choosing to message against national Republicans’ economic platform rather than banking on the popularity of President Joe Biden’s policies heading into a contentious election cycle.

On Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates published a memo titled “The growing MAGAnomics threat of skyrocketing healthcare costs,” purporting that the proposals of former President Donald Trump and his supporters will raise costs for families.

Furthermore, by crafting their message against “MAGAnomics,” White House officials will be able to criticize the former president’s proposals in an official capacity without violating the Hatch Act, a law that prevents federal employees from using their offices to influence campaign politics.

The Office of Special Counsel determined that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Bates had violated the Hatch Act by using “MAGA” in statements. OSC determined that unlike “MAGA,” Trump’s campaign acronym, “MAGAnomics” does not violate the Hatch Act as the Trump administration itself, not his campaigns, used the term to describe its economic policies.

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