WASHINGTON – More fool you, Karine Jean-Pierre.

The White House press secretary made an April Fool of herself on Monday, opening her briefing with a lame attempt at a prank that tricked absolutely no one in the press corps.

“So President Biden is scheduled to announce he is revoking the Hatch Act,” a grinning Jean-Pierre said confidently as she took the podium. “So as a gift to all of you, so now I can actually take all your questions about 2024.”

Jean-Pierre’s effort turned out to be a fool’s errand, drawing only groans from reporters in the briefing room.

“No? I thought you would love that?” Jean-Pierre responded before admitting defeat. “All right. OK. April Fools, April Fools, April Fools – it is April first.”

Annoyed by the cutesy attempt at inside Washington humor, one journalist shot back with a sarcastic “ha, ha, ha.”

“Thank you,” Jean-Pierre responded. “I thought that was pretty — I thought it was pretty slick of me.”

Jean-Pierre and her deputies have long cited the Hatch Act when dodging questions related to Biden’s campaign trail remarks or opinions on his predecessor and likely 2024 challenger, former President Donald Trump.

Deputy press secretary Andrew Bates even declined to answer a question regarding cocaine found at the White House last summer by invoking the Hatch Act, which only restricts federal employees from using their platform for campaign purposes.

“He mentioned the Hatch Act because the question was posed to him using Donald Trump,” Jean-Pierre tried to explain at the time. “So he was trying to be very mindful … and so that’s why he said the Hatch Act.”

Weeks earlier, the independent Office of Special Counsel determined Jean-Pierre had violated the Hatch Act by repeatedly using the phrase “mega-MAGA Republicans” in reference to GOP candidates during the 2022 midterm cycle.

Despite the finding, no further action was taken against Jean-Pierre.

Hatch Act violators can be fined up to $1,000 and face bans on federal employment, though most punishments generally take the form of unwelcome attention and embarrassment.

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