President Joe Biden was reminded of his own words over the weekend after he attempted to blame Republicans for the ongoing economic woes plaguing Americans.
What did Biden say?
On Sunday, the president claimed that Republicans “are doing nothing but obstructing” the Biden administration’s tireless efforts to help Americans and their checkbooks.
“Republicans are doing nothing but obstructing our efforts to crack down on gas-price gouging, lower food prices, lower healthcare costs, and hopefully, soon, lower your prescription drug costs,” Biden said.
“This is not right,” he added. “And that’s why this election is going to be so darn important.”
The escalating rhetoric from Biden comes as the 2022 midterm elections inch closer.
Democrats, who could face significant losses, are trying to shed responsibility for economic woes — like sky-high inflation and record-high gas prices — because every poll shows those are the issues American voters believe are most important. Thus, Democrats believe that blame-shifting will deceive some voters into actually believing that Republicans, who do not control Congress or the White House, are responsible for economic problems.
Do people believe Biden?
Deflecting blame did not go over well. In fact, the social media response unearthed remarks from Biden that contradict his attempt to blame Republicans for problems happening under his watch.
- In June 2020, Biden vowed: “It’s hard to believe this has to be said, but unlike [Donald Trump] I’ll do my job and take responsibility. I won’t blame others. And I’ll never forget that the job isn’t about me — it’s about you.”
- In April 2020, Biden said: “The President needs to stop blaming others and do his job.”
- In August 2020, Biden promised: “Here’s my promise to you: If I’m elected president, I will always choose to unite rather than divide. I’ll take responsibility instead of blaming others. I’ll never forget that the job isn’t about me — it’s about you.”
And what about Russian President Vladimir Putin? As Christina Pushaw, spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, pointed out, for months the Biden administration blamed skyrocketing gas prices and other economic woes on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. So which is it? Republicans or Putin?
A plethora of other people discounted Biden’s blame-shifting by observing that Democrats currently exert the most influence over the direction of government because they control the White House and Congress.