White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told MSNBC on Tuesday that President Joe Biden has "always, always put equity at the center of every policy he's put forward!" She gave this response in answer to questions about the tanking economy and the difficulty Americans have been having at the gas pump and grocery store.
Jean-Pierre was asked about a new poll that showed a decline in Biden's support and more voters going to Donald Trump where Latinos now favor Trump by five points. Instead of answering the question, Jean-Pierre spoke about the hotly contesed 2020 election, Biden's record on the economy and said "the President has always put equity at the center of every policy he's put forward!"
"Because we understand that many communities have been left behind," she continued. "We're not trying to do the trickle-down economics."
Biden, she said, has been trying to "build the middle class" and not to "leave anyone behind." As for the 2020 Biden voters who may be disillusioned with his record, she said "We're going to continue to have those conversations to let that strong coalition know what we have done in the almost three years of this administration."
Jean-Pierre defended Biden's economy, saying that the country and the economy are going in the "right direction."
After taking over the presidency in January of 2021, the Biden administration introduced an executive order on "advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities through the federal government." Equity, specifically racial equity and equity for LGBTQ+ identified persons, has been at the forefront of Biden's decision making. He has insisted that every federal agency find ways to implement policies designed to enforce equity across the board.
The 2021 executive order stated, "Affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole of our Government. Because advancing equity requires a systematic approach to embedding fairness in decision-making processes, executive departments and agencies (agencies) must recognize and work to redress inequities in their policies and programs that serve as barriers to equal opportunity."
The administration released a similar executive order again in 2023 for "further advancing" of "racial equity and support for underserved communities.
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