President Joe Biden ran on a platform of unity and accountability, but spent time on Tuesday blaming former President Donald Trump for economic woes – comparing his predecessor to Great Depression-linked President Herbert Hoover.
“We’ve come a long way in a short time,” Biden said during an AFL-CIO speech on Tuesday. “Can you remember what our economy was like when we took over? Three thousand Americans were dying from COVID every day. Twenty million Americans had lost their jobs under the last guy.
“In fact, so many Americans have lost their jobs that my predecessor became only the second president in history to leave office with fewer jobs in America than when he took office.
“The other one, by the way, was Herbert Hoover.”
Despite Biden’s claims, inflation, gas prices and the stock market were all in more favorable positions under Trump – during a global COVID-19 pandemic.
Republicans have denounced the president for misdirecting blame on his predecessor.
“Remember those long lines of cars that stretch for miles and are just waiting for a box of food?” Biden said in his speech, drawing a reprimand from the Republican National Committee’s research Twitter account.
“This is happening today as parents desperately wait for baby formula,” RNC Research tweeted with a clip of Biden’s remarks.
“As part of my plan for the economy, we have made extraordinary progress,” Biden said.
RNC research hesitated.
“We are seeing record high gasoline prices, historic inflation and booming markets under Joe Biden,” another tweet read.
Not only inflation at a A peak of 8.6% in 41 yearsand gasoline prices at historic highs – more than $5.00 per gallon in many places – but Trump had predicted both eventualities before the 2020 presidential election, as Republicans have been reminded recently in tweets and memes.
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