A group of conservatives are accusing President Barack Obama of “sneer at the wealthy” after the president’s top economic adviser claimed he would spend more than $2 billion on a political ad campaign against Christmas.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the White House economic adviser, David Stockman, said he would invest $500 million on a Christmas-themed ad campaign aimed at “saying, ‘It’s not the time to be snarky.'”
“You know, we’re a nation of people that love Christmas,” he said.
“We love Christmas, and you know, the last thing we need is a Christmas ad that just kind of smacks of snark.”
He continued: “I mean, it’s a Christmas holiday, and we don’t need to go and say that we’re not going to spend money on this.
But you know what?
It’s a good time to spend that money.”
Matthews pointed out that the ad campaign had been running in Ohio and Florida for two months.
“It’s a time to go after the rich,” Matthews said.
Obama and Republicans have been hammering the White Houses claims about Christmas spending.
A White House official told ABC News the ads would be “an effort to remind Americans that Christmas is an important time of year and that we celebrate our holidays in a responsible manner.”
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Christmas ads would feature scenes of families making Christmas presents, and Obama would say: “Christmas is an annual tradition that Americans share across our country.”
The White House also has been pressing the GOP to cut spending on the Thanksgiving holiday, which ends at Thanksgiving Day.
A report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office showed that the budget deficit would rise by $5.3 billion over the next 10 years.
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has estimated that the GOP will spend more money on ads this year than they did in 2016, when the midterm elections were held.
The budget report comes after Democrats used a new tactic to get Republican-led legislatures to pass bills to reduce funding for Christmas.
Republicans have used the tactic of tying Democratic legislation to cuts to the government’s Christmas budget.
The House passed a bill this week that would eliminate $20 billion in Christmas spending over 10 years, while Senate Republicans are pushing legislation that would cut spending by $3 billion per year.