FACT CHECK: Did Jen Psaki Tell People To Eat Taco Bell For Thanksgiving?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

Tweets claimed White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recommended people eat Taco Bell for Thanksgiving.





Verdict: False

There is no record of the White House or Psaki recommending for people to eat Taco Bell for Thanksgiving. The claim comes from a satirical Instagram page.

Fact Check:

The average Thanksgiving meal is expected to be more expensive this year than last year’s due to inflation, CNBC reported.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, social media users shared posts alleging the White House recommended for Americans to consider eating Taco Bell for their holiday meal. One tweet alleged, “The White House tells families to consider Taco Bell this Thanksgiving,” while another said, “Psaki suggest you eat Taco Bell this Thanksgiving.”

A viral iteration of the claim on Facebook garnered over 270 shares before being deleted. It also quoted Psaki as saying, “Inflation is hurting all of us this year. The Value Menu at Taco Bell is just as tasty and a lot more affordable.”

However, Check Your Fact didn’t find any record of the White House making such a Thanksgiving recommendation or of Psaki making the comment attributed to her in the posts. A search of White House blog posts, media statements and press briefing transcripts yielded no instances of either of them. They also do not appear in any tweets from the White House or the press secretary.

Such a remark by Psaki to reporters would likely result in media coverage, yet no national news outlets have quoted her as saying something to that effect. (RELATED: Viral Post Claims To Show Photo Of Joe Biden And Jen Psaki)

The Instagram account @Beep.Satire appears to be the origin of the claim about the White House and Psaki suggesting a Thanksgiving meal of Taco Bell. The account’s Instagram bio says in part, “Satire, jokes, & media flops. 100% fake news made for you.”

Elias Atienza

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