The claim: Jen Psaki told families to consider Taco Bell for Thanksgiving amid inflation concerns
As Americans shop for Thanksgiving groceries and make travel plans to see family and friends, frustration over inflation and record-high gas prices continues to dog the Biden administration.
On social media, hundreds of people shared Facebook posts claiming White House press secretary Jen Psaki advised struggling families to replace their traditional holiday meal with fast food.
“Inflation is hurting all of us,” Psaki supposedly told reporters, according to a now-deleted Facebook post from the page The Real Deal of Parenting. “The Value Menu at Taco Bell is just as tasty and a lot more affordable.”
The post, which was shared more than 280 times after it was posted Nov. 23, also included a screenshot of a tweet criticizing the comment.
“The White House tells families to consider Taco Bell this Thanksgiving,” reads the tweet, which was also published Nov. 23 by The Real Deal of Parenting. “The wealth of knowledge and recommendations from our leadership is simply invaluable.”
But there’s no evidence Psaki made these comments. The claim stems from a satire account on Instagram.
USA TODAY reached out to several social media users who shared the post for comment.
Claim originated as satire
Transcripts from White House press briefings do not indicate Psaki suggested substituting Thanksgiving dinner with Taco Bell….