ABC's Jon Karl: Biden 'on a Roll' Legislatively, Christie Mocks Him

ABC's Jon Karl: Biden 'on a Roll' Legislatively, Christie Mocks Him
By: NewsBusters Posted On: August 07, 2022 View: 2

On Sunday’s This Week on ABC, host George Stephanopoulos and chief Washington correspondent, Jonathan Karl gave their best effort to help prop up the floundering Biden administration and their horrendous economic record. Despite their own polling showing, 69 percent of voters give Biden a failing grade on the economy, Stephanopoulos referred to the economic picture as a “tale of two economies,” while Karl whined that Biden is “getting credit for almost nothing.” 

Kicking off this portion of the mostly liberal “Powerhouse Roundtable” Stephanopoulos turned to ABC contributor and Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson to remark on Biden’s catastrophic polling: “We just saw in our poll this morning, 69 percent sour on the economy, Joe Biden stuck in the 30s right now.” 

Simpson correctly noted how “if the issue at the ballot box is, do you do feel like we're in a recession we're [Democrats] going to lose on that” issue. 

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie jumped in to note that “when you're arguing with people in a nine percent inflation world that they shouldn't be feeling pain, that the economy is actually good, that's just a losing argument and the American people feel it, they know it.” 

Being the Democrat Party propagandist that he is, Stephanopoulos claimed the nation’s economy isn’t one of recession, but “a tale of two economies.”  “Look at those jobs numbers on Friday!” He breathlessly added. 

Christie wasn’t having it: 

Yeah but people can't keep up with the costs of living their lives. So they say okay, great I've got a job, that’s a good thing. But to get to that job I got to fill my car with gas and it costs that much more. Then when I’m on my way home from work, I got to go to the supermarket and I get absolutely tanked there from a dollar perspective and then I look at what's going on with my kids, if I’m sending them to school, going to college, all those expenses are going way, way up. And people say yeah, I have a job, but my life is worse now than it was two years ago. And we know from Ronald Reagan, that that’s an incredibly powerful question. Am I better off now than I was two years ago? And the American people don’t feel it and that’s why Joe Biden is in the 30’s.

Later on in the segment, Karl huffed that Biden wasn’t getting the love that ABC gives to him on a daily basis: “He's getting credit for almost nothing, he's on a roll, I mean there’s no question that Joe Biden is on a roll legislatively, on the national security front, but he's getting no credit for it.” 

Continuing to gaslight his viewers, Karl claimed that while “inflation is still a factor,” “Gas prices are actually coming down and have been coming down for almost two months. The unemployment numbers are remarkable. Not only the unemployment numbers but wage growth continues to rise. It’s just not keeping pace with inflation.” 

Once Karl was done, Christie jumped back in to mock Karl and his Democrat pals: “It's an inside Washington role. Like, they won on the Inflation Reduction Act, which is a ridiculous name, as you pointed out in the interview.” 

He then noted how ridiculous the media celebrations are over the passage of the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act”: “They got Democrats to actually vote for a Democrat bill, what are we going to do? Like, drop the confetti at the White House?”  

The former New Jersey Governor ended by reminding the panel that “The people in the rest of the country, are saying wait a second, I'm still paying much more for gas than I should. I’m still paying much more to cool my house. I can’t get groceries on the table and I’m worried about the future.” 

ABC’s whining that Biden isn’t getting enough credit for his stewardship of the economy was brought to you by Fidelity, Angi, and Carfax. Their information is linked. 

To read the relevant transcript click “expand”:

ABC’s This Week
August 7, 2022
9:42:17 a.m. Eastern

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: We just saw in our poll this morning, 69 percent sour on the economy, Joe Biden stuck in the 30s right now. 

YVETTE SIMPSON: Yeah, I think the reality is, continue to debate about whether there’s inflation, we're in a recession. And if you just ask people, they’re struggling. And I don’t know if the IRA is gonna get there. We know that—

STEPHANOPOULOS: The bill they’re working on.

SIMPSON: The bill that just passed the Senate yesterday. People are still suffering. Child care was not in there. Paid leave was not in there. We still have issues with wages. 

People are still feeling the pain. And if the issue at the ballot box is, do you do feel like we're in a recession we're going to lose on that. Do you feel like there's inflation we're going to lose on that.  We need to show the American people that we’re doing everything we can to make them secure. And a small win on gas prices and a bill on climate right now is not gonna get us all the way there. 

CHRIS CHRISTIE: Look George, when you're arguing with people in a nine percent inflation world that they shouldn't be feeling pain that the economy is actually good that's just a losing argument and the American people feel it, they know it. And in the end—

STEPHANOPOULOS: It is a tale of two economies. You're right, the inflation rate is incredibly high. But look at those jobs numbers on Friday. 

CHRISTIE: Yeah but people can't keep up with the costs of living their lives. So they say okay, great I've got a job, that’s a good thing. But to get to that job I got to fill my car with gas and it costs that much more. Then when I’m on my way home from work, I got to go to the supermarket and I get absolutely tanked there from a dollar perspective and then I look at what's going on with my kids, if I’m sending them to school, going to college, all those expenses are going way, way up. And people say yeah, I have a job, but my life is worse now than it was two years ago. And we know from Ronald Reagan, that that’s an incredibly powerful question. Am I better off now than I was two years ago? And the American people don’t feel it and that’s why Joe Biden is in the 30’s.

[...]

JONATHAN KARL: If you look at our new poll, I mean he's getting credit for almost nothing, he's on a roll, I mean there’s no question that Joe Biden is on a roll legislatively, on the national security front, but he's getting no credit for it. And, look, inflation is still a factor. Gas prices are actually coming down and have been coming down for almost two months. The unemployment numbers are remarkable. Not only the unemployment numbers but wage growth continues to rise. It’s just not keeping pace with inflation.  

CHRISTIE: It's an inside Washington role, George. It's an inside Washington role. Like, they won on the Inflation Reduction Act, which is a ridiculous name, as you pointed out in the interview. But they won on that, they got Democrats to actually vote for a Democrat bill, what are we going to do? Like, drop the confetti at the White House. 

I mean this is ridiculous. It's an inside Washington role. The people in the rest of the country, are saying wait a second, I'm still paying much more for gas than I should. I’m still paying much more to cool my house. I can’t get groceries on the table and I’m worried about the future. 

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