Fox News visitor claims Thanksgiving turkeys value $90

A Fox News contributor was ridiculed on-line after claiming that the value of a turkey within the run-up to Thanksgiving had gone as much as an extortionate $90.

Former United States Representative Jason Chaffetz was mocked on X after his daring declare in regards to the worth of vacation birds which, he stated, was attributable to president Joe Biden’s financial insurance policies.

The remarks got here throughout a particular cost-of-living section of Hannity, hosted by Kaleigh McEnany, by which worth will increase on on a regular basis gadgets had been mentioned.

“This is Bidenomics in action,” Ms McEnany stated, earlier than turning to Mr Chaffetz for his response.

Attacking the Biden administration’s insurance policies and the ensuing worth hikes, Mr Chaffetz stated: “We went to go buy a turkey today, it was $90 for a turkey.

“The price of stamps is up 32 per cent in the last four years, but it’s all a choice by Joe Biden. That’s what Bidenomics is.”

Fellow commentator Brian Brenberg added: “I hope Jason’s turkey was made of steak, because that’s a lot of money for a turkey.”

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the common worth for a 16-pound turkey is $27.35 – at $1.71 per pound – down 5.6 per cent from final 12 months.

The AFBF added that the entire value of a mean Thanksgiving dinner in 2023 was lower than the file highs seen in 2022 – at $65.05 – however, at a mean of $61.17, was nonetheless reflective of “historically high costs”.

Following Mr Chaffet’z declare, social media customers had been additionally fast to specific their shock and disbelief, although many weren’t as sympathetic as his colleagues on Fox News.

“What kind of turkey were you buying? The country?” wrote one person, with one other replying with an image of a world map and writing “call me crazy, but that’s a bargain”.

Another wrote: “I just paid $14 for a 16lb turkey. Was his made of gold or something?”

Democratic strategist Adam Parkhomenko stated Mr Chaffetz’s declare gave him the “same vibes” as when New York Times columnist David Brooks stated that an airport meal with a glass of liquor had value him $78.

“This is why Americans think the economy is terrible,” Mr Brooks wrote again in September.

Mr Brooks later addressed the put up on X, saying that he had “screwed up” and had not meant to trigger offence to these “living paycheck to paycheck”.

Mr Brooks’ gaffe was referenced by different customers responding to Mr Chaffetz’s claims, with one writing “this is what happens when you let a man… named David Brooks be your InstaCart shopper”.

Mr Chaffetz later took to X himself, posting an image of an almost 23-pound “premium young turkey” purchased from Meiers for $114.02. “Happy Thanksgiving,” he wrote.