White House Attacks On ‘MAGA’ Policies Violated Federal Law, Government Watchdog Says
- December 1, 2023
William Skipworth, Forbes
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and another top deputy allegedly violated the Hatch Act, a federal law barring employees from campaigning, when they used the term “MAGA” to describe policies, according to a letter from a government watchdog obtained by NBC News—though Jean-Pierre previously defended her use of the term.
This was not the first time the OSC has cited Jean-Pierre and the White House over the Hatch Act. Just a week before these alleged violations, the OSC determined that Jean-Pierre was in violation of the act when she repeatedly described conservative political candidates as “mega MAGA Republicans” in the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections. The office issued guidance that advised federal employees that they are forbidden from using “Make America Great Again” or “MAGA”—as well as other political slogans associated with other candidates.
Forbes has reached out to the White House for comment, and has not yet heard back. But in the past, when faced with previous accusations, officials have defended their use of the term “MAGA,” with Jean-Pierre saying in June, “If you look at the archived Trump White House website, it contains about 2,000—nearly 2,000 uses of ‘MAGA’ to describe policies and official agendas.” She continued: “Congressional Republicans have also used ‘MAGA’ to refer to policies and official agenda frequently, for years now, even, clearly, before we entered the administration.”