BUCK: Jen Psaki had to address the issue of Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff who liked that tweet about how all the stuff we’re talking about here today, Clay, is a “high class” problem. Here’s Jen Psaki saying, look, inflation is a “high class” issue.
REPORTER: White House Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, retweeted a message yesterday — not once, but twice — that inflation and supply chain issues are “high class” issues. But some of the sharpest price increases over the last month include products that every American buys: beef products, chicken, egg, regular unleaded gasoline, furniture, clothing. The list goes on. Why would Ron Klain tweet that? And would you agree that that’s a little bit tone deaf?
PSAKI: Do you think two tweets means more? I’m just curious. We’re at this point because we’ve made progress in the economy, and what would be worse, in our view, is if the unemployment rate was at 10%; people were out of work; hundreds of thousands of people were still dying of COVID, and people were able to lose their homes. So, that’s the full context.
BUCK: Clay, it also would be worse if we got hit by an asteroid tomorrow that killed every living thing here, but that’s what we call a non sequitur.
CLAY: Yeah. This is a real issue, right, because the Democrats have abandoned the working class in this country. That’s the biggest and most seismic shift, I would say. That is so far reflective of what’s happened with the Republican Party with Donald Trump as the standard-bearer, is the country club Republican — for lack of a better way to classify that.
The high class, the graduate school-degree having, the individual out there who has the Ph.D., all of those people are pretty squarely in the Democratic camp now. So the amount of tone deafness that is required to label things that impact everyday working Americans as high class problems? Look, if Jen Psaki was going to adopt that logic going forward, you could argue that every problem that America has is a high class problem.
They’re not gonna do that, right? But what I mean by that is, we have a higher class of living than most of the rest of the world. So the things that we argue about in America are often a function of how high class our lifestyle is. For instance, there aren’t a lot of people who spend time talking about woke political issues in countries where people are struggling every day to make a living, right?
I don’t think there’s a lot of discussion in poor African, Asian, or Latin-American countries over whether something is “woke enough” or not. They’re like, “Hey, I’d like to be able to get my kid into school. I’d like to have enough food to eat.” We don’t have starvation issues in America. That doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.
This is just so tone-deaf. Jen Psaki’s defense of it is awful — and, by the way, people out there saying, “Well, who is this guy, Ron Klain?” Buck, a lot of people believe that he’s the default president of the United States right now, that he is the most influential person out there.
BUCK: In Third World countries, by the way, when they do talk about things that don’t really… When they try to come up with some ideological non sequitur, once again, of, “Oh, well, it’s because we’re in the redistributive phase of whatever,” that’s because they’re trying to get people to not think about the mess-ups of the government, right?
BUCK: It’s always a “Oh, just trust in the party. Trust in whatever the plan of the elites who are in charge may be.” You see this all across South America. They always find some external force, some other problem, some other conspiracy. Jen Psaki and this White House, they just have run out of real narrative. They can’t point to very much at all that’s helpful for them.