White House Press Secretary Violated Hatch Act: Report

 June 15, 2023

The Office of Special Counsel has determined that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre violated the Hatch Act when she used the term "mega MAGA" in the briefing room.

For some reason, Jean-Pierre is not going to face any punishment despite breaking the rules. Instead of disciplinary action, she is reportedly receiving a "warning letter" from the Office of Special Counsel.

The Hatch Act was imposed in 1939 and places restrictions on the political activity of government employees.

I don't know if the document from 1939 directly addressed the term "mega MAGA" or not, but Jean-Pierre should have understood that she isn't allowed to show her political bias when she is supposed to be conducting the public service of letting America know what the president is up to each day.

"OSC has investigated your allegation and concluded that Ms. Jean‐Pierre violated the Hatch Act. However… we have decided not to pursue disciplinary action and have instead issued Ms. Jean‐Pierre a warning letter," the Office of Special Counsel said, adding:

OSC concluded that the timing, frequency, and content of Ms. Jean‐Pierre’s references to 'MAGA Republicans' established that she made those references to generate opposition to Republican candidates.

Yeah, no kidding.