White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pushed back on Monday after Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy suggested that people are refusing to go to work because "unemployment benefits are so good."
Doocy asked the question during Monday's White House press briefing.
"Unemployment only rose by about 266,000 jobs in April," Doocy said. "How does the White House know that people are just choosing not to apply for jobs because the extra unemployment benefits are so good?"
"We have looked at the data," Psaki explained. "We don't see much evidence that the extra unemployment insurance is a major driver in people not rejoining the work force. We actually see the data and our analysis shows that the lack of vaccinations, the lower rate, which is why I refer to the data and the week that it was taken -- it has an impact. Child care has an impact. Schools reopening has an impact."
"But there's also the need to pay a livable working wage," she added. "And that's one of the reasons the president will talk about that this afternoon."
Doocy disagreed: "Anybody who is making $32,000 a year is better off financially just taking the unemployment benefits. So is the White House creating an incentive just to stay home?"
"Well, again, the majority of economists internally and externally at the White House don't feel that unemployment insurance -- something that was done at a time to help unemployed people get through a very difficult economic downturn during a pandemic -- is a major driver in our unemployment data," Psaki insisted. "There are other factors, bigger factors that were contributing, have been contributing to the [jobs] numbers we saw on Friday. That's what we're working to address."
Watch the video below from C-SPAN.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) drew swift backlash on Monday after he sent out a fundraising email boasting that former President Donald Trump mentioned him on his new blog.
As reported by ABC News' Rick Klein, Rubio's fundraising email to supporters touted the fact that Trump talked about him on his recently launched blog.
"I was lucky enough to be one of his first posts!" the email gushed.
Many Twitter users were quick to mock the fact that a two-term United States senator is giddy about simply being mentioned by a former one-term, twice-impeached president whom Rubio himself once personally described as a "con man."
Rubio's critics used several choice adjectives to describe him, including "pitiful," "sniveling," "pathetic," and "spineless."
Check out some reactions below.
Marco Rubio once said that Donald Trump is an erratic individual who couldn't be trusted with the nuclear codes and… https://t.co/HP4VYQPvSw— Jon Favreau (@Jon Favreau)1620667749.0
It's not a freaky-ass cult, say Republicans. We still stand for someOH MY GOD HE SAID MY NAME I LOVE YOU DEAR LEADE… https://t.co/gP2OG55T4o— Hunter (@Hunter)1620667661.0
Sucking up to a criminal, losery fraud is so pitiful. https://t.co/IFdMs3nm83— Laffy (@Laffy)1620667789.0
Little Marco being pathetic 👇 https://t.co/3UfMmSSGS9— Maskup 😷 and get vaccinated 💉 🌵🦎☀️ (@Maskup 😷 and get vaccinated 💉 🌵🦎☀️)1620667814.0
Trying to think of a fictional character as shamelessly spineless as @marcorubio. Thoughts? My pick: The mayor and… https://t.co/n2hWjuYjC6— Dennis Perkins (@Dennis Perkins)1620668157.0
"hey siri pls show me the most snivelingly obsequious performance today" https://t.co/vHnILRV1Kl— darth™ (@darth™)1620667615.0
Every day I appreciate how I'm not a Republican anymore and never will be again https://t.co/hOJ7aKztRL— Tim Ellis, Vaccine Fanboy 🌹 (@Tim Ellis, Vaccine Fanboy 🌹)1620667623.0
Man, this is just so embarrassing. Where is your manhood little Marco? https://t.co/qYXIp5E6RV— Kram Otrop (@Kram Otrop)1620668054.0
Apart from the fact that Rubio is a bootlicker with no self-respect, do you think he paid cash for the mention? (… https://t.co/CRnfuoie4Q— Steve M. (@Steve M.)1620667788.0
Hard to imagine a sadder email than that https://t.co/t8gx5ZTOAP— Cameron Peters (@Cameron Peters)1620667488.0
Good God what a sniveling worm. https://t.co/wc79HANRv9— David Roberts (@David Roberts)1620667356.0
Profoundly humiliating stuff. https://t.co/3NOZKjBk2t— Max Steele (@Max Steele)1620667047.0
WATCH: Jen Psaki expertly explains to Fox News’ Peter Doocy why Americans are scared to return to work
Doocy asked many questions Monday afternoon, insisting that American workers are staying home rather than returning to work because, in his opinion, "the extra unemployment benefits are so good."
Citing "the majority of economists, internally and externally," Psaki explained that in fact unemployment benefits are not keeping workers home.
"We don't see much evidence that the extra unemployment insurance is a major driver in people not rejoining the workforce," Psaki told Doocy, "our analysis shows that lack of vaccination...has an impact, childcare has an impact, schools reopening has an impact, but there's also the need to pay a livable working wage."
That "lack of vaccination" in large part is the direct result of Fox News' anti-vaxxer personalities like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
Minutes later Doocy however answered his own questions, noting that Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo "says the main reason that people are staying home is fear."
But then he asked, "How does the White House know that people are scared? What is that based on?" as if a worldwide pandemic spread through the air by infected humans, which has killed almost 600,000 Americans, is nothing to be afraid of.
That's when Psaki was again forced to explain some very basic issues to him.
"Well I think what she was referring to is the fact that there were there was a much lower vaccination rate, just a month ago, and that people are fearful about getting sick, they are fearful about whether they're going to have the conditions to be healthy, whether they can send their kids to a childcare center whether there is a childcare center. So those are all factors that are consistent with the examples and reasons I just provided."
Peter Doocy: How does the White House know that people are scared? Jen Psaki: People are fearful about getting sick, they are fearful about whether they're gonna have the conditions to be healthy, whether they can send their kids to a child care center. pic.twitter.com/Cmp3qvww8V
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 10, 2021
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