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White House press secretary violates Hatch Act by using term ‘MAGA’

Jun 15, 2023

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A watchdog agency has told the White House press secretary to no longer use the term “MAGA” when referring to Republicans or GOP agenda items. It violates the Hatch Act, a law that limits how officials engage in political rhetoric and elections.

But even after the White House press secretaries were told they were in violation of the law, they continued to use the term anyway. 

There were no repercussions from when Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was first found to have violated the act. Instead, the Office of Special Counsel issued Jean-Pierre a warning and closed the matter with no disciplinary action. 

A few days later, the press secretary defended the use of MAGA, saying Republicans use the term too. Then, the White House press shop continued to use the term several times in their latest press release, despite being warned by the agency to stop using the Make America Great slogan.

Straight Arrow News often points out when the mainstream media is omitting stories to fit a political agenda. But a look at the media landscape shows that the reporting of this story is abundant and proportionate. Both right-leaning and left-leaning outlets are reporting on Jean-Pierre’s alleged Hatch Act violations. 

The Hatch Act is largely viewed as being unenforceable. It’s worth mentioning that 13 Trump administration officials were also found to be in violation of the act during the former president’s time in office.

It’s unclear if the Office of Special Counsel will take further action after learning that the White House is continuing to use Trump’s campaign slogan even after the warning.

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KARAH RUCKER: THIS WEEK — A WATCHDOG AGENCY TOLD THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY TO NO LONGER USE THE TERM “MAGA”  WHEN REFERRING TO REPUBLICANS OR GOP AGENDA-ITEMS. IT VIOLATES WHAT’S CALLED THE “HATCH ACT” – A LAW THAT LIMITS HOW OFFICIALS ENGAGE IN POLITICAL RHETORIC AND ELECTIONS.

 

BUT EVEN AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARIES WERE TOLD THEY WERE IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW – THEY CONTINUED TO USE MAGA ANYWAY. 

 

OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ISSUES WARNING TO PRESS SECRETARY

 

THERE WERE NO REPERCUSSIONS FROM WHEN PRESS SECRETARY KARINE JEAN-PIERRE WAS FIRST FOUND TO HAVE VIOLATED THE ACT.  INSTEAD – THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ISSUED JEAN-PIERRE A WARNING – AND CLOSED THE MATTER WITH NO DISCIPLINARY ACTION. 

 

WHITE HOUSE CONTINUED TO USE ‘MAGA’ IN PRESS RELEASE

 

A FEW DAYS LATER – THE PRESS SECRETARY DEFENDED THE USE OF MAGA —

SAYING REPUBLICANS USE THE TERM TOO. THEN THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SHOP CONTINUED TO USE THE TERM MAGA SEVERAL TIMES IN THEIR LATEST PRESS RELEASE  – DESPITE BEING WARNED BY THE AGENCY TO STOP USING THE SLOGAN.

 

MEDIA LANDSCAPE OF PRESS SECRETARY IN VIOLATION OF HATCH ACT

 

WHILE WE OFTEN POINT OUT WHEN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS OMITTING STORIES TO FIT A POLITICAL AGENDA – A LOOK AT THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE OF THIS STORY SHOWS REPORTING ON THIS STORY IS RELATIVELY ABUNDANT AND PROPORTIONATE AS BOTH RIGHT LEANING AND LEFT LEANING OUTLETS ARE REPORTING ON JEAN-PIERRE’S REPORTED HATCH ACT VIOLATIONS

 

HATCH ACT VIEWED AS BEING UNENFORCEABLE

 

THE HATCH ACT IS LARGELY VIEWED AS BEING UNENFORCEABLE. IT’S WORTH MENTIONING THAT 13 TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS WERE ALSO FOUND TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THE ACT DURING TRUMP’S TIME IN THE OFFICE.

 

IT’S UNCLEAR IF THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL WILL TAKE FURTHER ACTION AFTER LEARNING THE WHITE HOUSE IS CONTINUING TO USE TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN SLOGAN EVEN AFTER THE WARNING.