““The dirty little secret here … while nobody likes to pay more, on average, we have the money to do so.””

That was NBC business correspondent Stephanie Ruhle, who is under fire for comments she made about how Americans are coping with rising inflation.

“The dirty little secret here…while nobody likes to pay more, on average, we have the money to do so,” Ruhle said on Sunday in a segment with anchor Willie Segment. “Household savings hit a record high over the pandemic … for those who own their homes, the value of our homes are up. And while the stock market isn’t the economy, you’ve got over half of American households with some investment in the markets, and the markets have hit record highs.”

But her comments drew backlash from critics arguing that she’s out of touch with the realities many Americans are facing.

As Ruhle noted, by some measures, Americans are better off than they have previously been. The personal-savings rate, which measures the ratio of personal savings to disposable personal income, soared to 21% in the first quarter of 2021. And there’s been considerable wage growth, with hourly wages increasing by 4.6% over the past year, compared to a 2.5% to 3% pace before the pandemic.

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But with inflation at its highest level in over a decade, it may still be a challenging environment for Americans, economists warn. “Large and unexpected surprise inflation, however, can reduce real wages,” Harvard University professor Jason Furman wrote in a post published by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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It’s also worth noting that personal-savings rates have fallen from their first-quarter mark. In September, the rate was down to 7.5%.

So it’s perhaps no surprise that Ruhle’s remark has generated such strong negative reactions — from politicians, political commentators and just everyday Americans. Her name was trending on Google on Monday morning.

Esther Joy King, an entrepreneur who is running as a Republican for an Illinois congressional seat, said on Twitter that well-paid television commentators like Ruhle can easily afford to counter inflation. “But millions of Americans already under tight budgets are getting slammed,” King said.

Fox News contributor Joe Concha also weighed in, saying, “I love it when the richest 1% like Stephanie Ruhle say, ‘You can afford it. It’s OK because I can.’ No, it’s not how it works.”

Information about Ruhle’s salary is not publicly available, according to The Focus website. “Let’s find out how much Stephanie Ruhle gets paid by NBC,” tweeted one viewer.

Andrew Wilkow, a conservative political talk-show host, was also among those who sharply criticized Ruhle. “Inflation is killing wage gains and eating up savings,” he said.

Here’s a few more.

Ruhle has yet to publicly respond to the backlash, but she did tweet this last week.

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