Updated March 31, 2021
As President Joe Biden assumes the Oval Office, The Federalist will continue its rigorous coverage of the new White House, keeping the administration accountable with substantive fact-checking throughout Biden’s tenure.
Biden Insists That ‘No One Making Under $400,000 Will See Their Federal Taxes Go Up’
“This is not about penalizing anyone. I have nothing against millionaires and billionaires. I believe in American capitalism. I want everyone to do well,” Biden said. “Right now a middle-class couple, a firefighter and a teacher with two kids, making a combined salary of say $110,000 to $120,000 a year pays 22 cents for each additional dollar they earn in federal income tax. But a multinational corporation that builds a factory abroad, jobs overseas…is bad for American competitiveness, deeply unfair to the middle-class families, wrong for our future.”
BIDEN: “No one making under $400,000 will see their federal taxes go up, period.” pic.twitter.com/3offgNfVEY
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 31, 2021
Despite months of promises from Biden and his team on the campaign trail and from the debate stage, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently clarified that individuals making $200,000 a year who are married to someone making similar amounts will be subject to the proposed tax hike.
Biden Repeats Falshoods About Trump’s Tax Cut
Biden says again that in Trump tax cuts, “83% of the money went to the top 1%.” That’s a think tank projection of what would happen in 2027 if its individual cuts expired after 2025 as scheduled, not what has happened already; estimate is top 1% got 21% in 2018, get 25% in 2025.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 31, 2021
As previously noted by The Federalist and other outlets, Trump’s tax plan not only benefitted Americans across the working, middle, and upper classes, but it also contributed to a large decrease in unemployment and underemployment. The 83 percent figure often touted by Biden, fact-checkers determined as early as 2018, is “true for 2027 but only because most of the individual income tax changes expire by then,” but not other years.
Biden Says Georgia’s Election Law Cuts Back Voting Hours for Working Americans
Biden is spreading misinformation that Georgia’s new election law ends voting hours early, making it difficult for working Americans to get to the polls after they leave their jobs for the day.
Biden repeated the falsehood in an official statement released just one day after his presser, claiming that “among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote after their shift is over.
While Biden insists the new law is “un-American” and “sick,” nothing in the new legislation suggests that voting hours should end early. In fact, the law mandates that polls be open at least 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during early voting and offered counties the option to extend those hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. if necessary, a provision the Washington Post fact-checkers even acknowledged.
Biden Insists He Is Tough on China
During his first presser, Biden claimed he will “deal with China effectively” by “investing in American workers and American science” and “hold China accountable.”
The committee also noted that Biden “has so far not committed to any action to enforce the China Phase One Agreement achieved during the Trump Administration, which included very specific requirements that protect American workers.”
Biden Makes Misleading Claim About R&D Investments
In his first official press event nine weeks into office, Biden claimed that research and development investments have consistently fallen since the 1960s.
“Back in the 1960s, America invested more than 2 percent of GDP in pure research and investment in science. Today it is 0.7 percent,” Biden stated.
Biden Falsely States Top Corporations Don’t ‘Pay a Cent in Taxes’
During his first press conference, Biden said top corporations in the United States don’t put any money toward taxes.
“Ninety of the Fortune 500 companies making billions of dollars are not paying a cent in taxes,” Biden said, “reducing taxes to a point that people who are making, you know, if you’re a husband and wife, school teacher, and a cop, you’re paying at a higher rate than the average person making a billion dollars a year.”
The Committee on Ways and Means, however, said that the claims Biden made relied on information that “continually confused the difference between taxable income and financial statements.”
“From sales taxes to property taxes to payroll taxes, Fortune 500 companies pay billions of dollars in taxes to local, state, and federal government,” they wrote in a fact check. “Federal tax laws provide important bipartisan tax incentives to encourage specific economic activity — including investments in R&D, energy innovation, low-income housing, and distressed communities — which reduces taxable income without changing financial statement profits.”
Biden Says Trump’s Tax Cuts Only Helped the Rich
During his press first official press event, Biden falsely claimed that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 did not put “money in ordinary people’s pockets” and instead only helped the “top 1 percent.”
“Do you hear them complain when they passed [a] close to $2 trillion Trump tax cut, with 83 percent going to the top 1 percent? Do you hear them talk about that at all?” Biden asked.
Not only did Trump’s tax cut benefit Americans across the working, middle, and upper classes, a fact even corporate media outlets noted, but it also contributed to a large decrease in unemployment and underemployment. The 83 percent figure often touted by Democrats, fact-checkers determined in 2018, is “true for 2027 but only because most of the individual income tax changes expire by then,” but not other years.
Biden Says Majority of Migrant Families that Cross Border Are Sent Back
Biden said in his first press conference 64 days after inauguration that a majority of the migrant families crossing the border illegally are sent back.
“If you take a look at the number of people are coming, the vast majority, the overwhelming majority of people coming to the border and crossing are being sent back,” Biden said at the White House. “We’re sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming.”
According to Customs and Border Protection data, however, a fraction of the 20,000 family units apprehended have been sent back.
Further, Michelle Hackman, who covers immigration for the Wall Street Journal, reported on March 23 that an internal document she reviewed with her colleagues found that the weekend prior to Biden’s press conference, “only about 10 percent of families were being expelled.”
An internal document we saw over the weekend showed only about 10% of families were being expelled https://t.co/PrmRzEPLZw
— Michelle Hackman (@MHackman) March 23, 2021
Biden Says Trump Admin Didn’t Address Communist China’s Human Rights Abuses
During his first official press conference, Biden implied that his predecessor former President Donald Trump did not address communist China’s human rights abuses.
“I made it clear that no American president, at least one did, but no American president ever backed down from speaking out of what’s happened to the Uyghurs, what’s happened in Hong Kong, what’s happening in the country. That’s who we are,” Biden said. “The moment a president walks away from that, as the last one did, is the moment we begin to lose our legitimacy around the world.”
The Trump administration, however, did directly condemn China’s actions against the minority Muslim population located in the Xinjiang province as a genocide before leaving office. Following investigations into the CCP’s use of mass imprisonment of more than 1 million people, forced labor, forced sterilization, torture, and limits on religious freedom, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the United States has definitively evaluated and labeled these actions by the CCP as “crimes against humanity.”
Secondly, the Biden regime just deleted the State Dept page highlighting China’s human rights abuses: https://t.co/Py9yNKPFsD
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) March 25, 2021
Biden Says Migrants Not Flooding the Border Because of Him
During his first press conference, Biden claimed illegal aliens are not crossing the southern U.S. border because of his rhetoric and open border policies, but because migrants’ chances of “dying on the way because of the heat in the desert” are lower in January, February, and March and because of the instability in their home countries.
“I guess I should be flattered people are coming because I’m a nice guy. … The truth of the matter is, nothing has changed. … That’s not the reason they’re coming. The reason they are coming is that it’s the time they can travel with the least likelihood of dying on the way because of the heat in the desert, number one,” Biden said. “Number two, they’re coming because of the circumstances in [their] country.”
Biden believes surge in migrants is due to conditions in their countries & weather that’s better for traveling not because he’s seen as a “nice guy” who’s lax on the border
“Does anyone suggest there was a 31% increase under Trump bc he was a nice guy?”https://t.co/eOGI4nbPU4 pic.twitter.com/d7ZAj2sgSI
— KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) March 25, 2021
While Biden might be convinced people are flooding to the U.S.-Mexico border in a normal immigration cycle, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador recently said it is the new president’s migration policies and rhetoric that sparked hopeful “expectations” and created the border crisis.
“Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden, there would be a better treatment of migrants. And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border, thinking that it is easier to do so,” López Obrador said, just weeks after he told reporters that many of those crossing the border illegally view Biden as “the migrant president.”
Some illegal aliens who crossed the border have also testified that Biden was the deciding factor for why they chose to come to the U.S.
“So did you come here because Joe Biden was elected president?” ABC’s Martha Raddatz pressed.
“Basically. Basically,” one migrant father replied. “The main thing was the violence in our country. And the second thing, I think, was Joe Biden.”
Biden White House Claims Regular Talks With McConnell
White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed at a March 24 briefing that the president regularly speaks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
McConnell’s office, however, told NBC News reporter Julie Tsirkin that the two have only spoken once since the inauguration in January, which focused on the military coup in Myanmar.
McConnell’s office reaffirms that the GOP Leader only spoke to President Biden once since the inauguration, regarding the situation in Burma back in February. https://t.co/gnlcircXmO
— Julie Tsirkin (@JulieNBCNews) March 24, 2021
Biden Lowers Tax Hike Threshold After Promising It Would Only Affect People Making Over $400K
While the president recently told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that his bid to increase taxes would only apply to “anybody making more than $400,000,” and that any individual making less than that amount “won’t see one single penny in additional federal tax,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently clarified that individuals making $200,000 a year who are married to someone making similar amounts will be subject to the proposed tax hike.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 17, 2021
This revelation comes after months of promises from Biden and his team on the campaign trail and from the debate stage that their attempts to raise taxes would not affect individuals making under $400,000 a year but eventually morphed into households making under $400,000 a year. Studies from at least five economic analysis institutions suggest, “Biden’s proposals would increase taxes, on average, for households at every income level” and that his intention to repeal Trump’s tax cuts would only further this outcome.
“None of you will have your taxes raised. Anyone making less than $400,000 will not see a penny in taxes raised.” – Joe Biden, Oct 24 2020
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) March 18, 2021
“I guarantee you — no matter what you hear this president lying about — no one making less than $400,000 a year will have one penny in taxes raised. Not one penny. It’s a guarantee.” – Joe Biden, Oct 27 2020
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) March 18, 2021
“I give you my word as a Biden, if you make less than $400,000 — if I’m elected president — you’re not going to see a penny of your taxes go up, not a penny.” – Joe Biden, Oct 30 2020
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) March 18, 2021
Biden Makes Sweeping Projection About Child Poverty
During his March 11 address, Biden said the COVID-19 spending bill “will cut child poverty in this country in half, according to the experts.”
While researchers at certain think tanks and universities conceded that portions of the American Rescue Plan have the potential to “reduce child poverty by more than half in 2021,” the provisions in the bill apply only to this year, leaving the long-term effects of the spending bill on child poverty a mystery. There is no current evidence to suggest that the policies included in the plan will have a long-lasting effect on child poverty.
Biden Overreports Number of Vaccinated American 65 and Older
In his address on March 11, Biden lied about when the COVID-19 vaccine first became available in the United States. He also misspoke about the number of Americans 65 and older who have received the vaccine.
“When I took office 50 days ago, only 8 percent of Americans — after months — only 8 percent of those over the age of 65 had gotten their first vaccination,” Biden said. “Today that number is 65 percent.”
The vaccine, however, was not available for months before Biden took office. The first COVID-19 vaccine dose in the United States was administered on Dec. 14, just one month before the new president transitioned into the White House. Not only was Biden wrong about when the shots first became available, but he also lied that 65 percent of Americans 65 years old and above have been vaccinated. As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that only 62.4 percent of those 65 and older received at least one round of the vaccine, not 65 percent.
Biden Claims US COVID Death Toll Exceeds Three Wars and 9/11
During his address to the nation on March 11, Biden falsely claimed that the total number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. was more than those in World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and 9/11.
“I carry a card in my pocket with a number of Americans who have died from COVID to date. It’s on the back of my schedule.
As of now, total deaths in America: 527,726. That’s more deaths than World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and 9/11 combined,” Biden stated.
President Biden notes the more than 527,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States:
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) March 12, 2021
Biden Claims Coronavirus Was Met with Silence
In his prime time address to the nation on March 11, Biden claimed the novel Wuhan coronavirus “was met with silence and spread unchecked.”
The Trump administration, however, convened a White House coronavirus task force, which CNN complained was too white, while congressional Democrats were pursuing partisan impeachment proceedings.
Biden begins his speech by attacking the Trump administration with lies: “A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked. Denials for days, weeks, then months. That led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness.” pic.twitter.com/j6e1NeWdnO
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) March 12, 2021
Read a thorough chronology of the Trump administration’s early actions here.
Biden Says Goal of 100 Million Vaccine Shots in 100 Days Was Tough for Him to Meet
Biden claimed his administration’s initial goal of administering 100 million shots in his first 100 days was difficult to meet in his prime time address on March 11.
“When I came into office, you may recall, I set a goal that many of you said was kind of way over the top,” Biden said. “I said I intended to get 100 million shots in people’s arms with my first 100 days in office.”
That vaccination pace, however, had already been met by his White House predecessor. About 1.3 million Americans were vaccinated on Biden’s first full day in office.
Biden Says COVID Spending Bill Garnered Bipartisan Support
Shortly after Democrats in the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending bill, Biden falsely claimed in a celebratory speech that the legislation garnered bipartisan support.
“Quite frankly, without the overwhelming bipartisan support of the American people, this would not have happened. Elected officials heard overwhelming public support. Every public opinion poll showed overwhelming support for this plan,” Biden said.
Just watched his whole 10-minute monologue and this did happen. Also tries to describe bill as bi-partisan even though not a single Republican in either chamber voted for it https://t.co/P6HFBIePqD
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) March 6, 2021
Despite Biden’s rhetoric pretending that the legislation received support from people on both sides of the political aisle, every Republican senator voted against passing the massive bill. Last month, the White House agreed to meet with 10 Republicans to discuss a smaller relief proposal that cut spending by almost two-thirds. Biden, who launched his presidency on a platform of unifying the country and toning down partisanship, however, did not budge on his decision to push the legislation through both chambers of Congress without GOP support.
Biden and White House Deny Border Crisis as Crossings Surge
Biden denied that there is a crisis at the border after departing a White House briefing in early March evaluating how to provide more than 20,000 beds for the largest projected influx of unaccompanied migrant children who are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We’ll be able to handle it,” Biden told reporters as he was escorted out of the room by his vice president.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 2, 2021
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also told reporters at the beginning of March that there is no crisis at the southern border, despite his own agency’s projections that more than 117,000 unaccompanied minors will attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border this year, numbers that are on track to exceed the current record of minors in federal custody by 45 percent. More than 13,000 of them are expected to come to the United States in May, giving the Biden administration just two months to sort out its plans for housing migrant minors after refusing to expel them.
“Do you believe that right now there is a crisis at the border?” a reporter asked.
“No,” Mayorkas said. “There is a challenge at the border that we are managing. … The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are working around the clock seven days a week to ensure that we do not have a crisis at the border, that we manage the challenge, as acute as the challenge is.”
Biden Says Administration Not Opening New Migrant Centers
Biden falsely claimed during a February interview with Univision that the new administration is merely reopening migrant camps operational during the Trump administration even as the Biden White House creates new ones.
“They opened up one, one that was a former one used in the administration in the last administration,” Biden said. “Our hope and expectation is that won’t stay open very long and that we’ll be able to provide for every kid who comes across the border safely.”
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) February 26, 2021
Border agents opened up a new facility in Donna, Texas, three weeks ago, according to the Washington Post, while creating new camps in Del Rio, Texas, and Arizona.
Biden Repeats False Claim That Trump Told Public to Inject Bleach
Biden repeated the debunked story, rated false even by left-leaning PolitiFact, that President Donald Trump recommended during a White House coronavirus press briefing to inject bleach.
“I think there’s a growing awareness that injecting bleach into your system doesn’t do it for you,” Biden said in remarks to black essential workers.
Trump, however, said no such thing, as Biden also asserted last summer. Instead, Trump was speaking on the role of disinfectants help in preventing serious infection with viruses such as the novel Wuhan coronavirus.
Speaking w/ Black essential workers, Biden says, “I can’t tell you how much a difference you’re making. We have met with people all over the country…I think there’s a growing awareness that injecting bleach into your system doesn’t do it for you.” References online misinfo.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 23, 2021
Biden Lies Again About Not Inheriting a Vaccine Plan
During his visit to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing plant in mid-February, Biden once again falsely claimed that his administration did not inherit a vaccine plan from former President Donald Trump.
“Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country,” Biden said. “My predecessors — as my mother would say, God love ’em — failed to order enough vaccines, failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots, failed to set up vaccine centers. That changed the moment we took office.”
BIDEN: “Just over four weeks ago, America had no real plan to vaccinate most of the country. My predecessor, as my mother would say, ‘failed to order enough vaccines,’ failed to mobilize the effort to administer the shots… That changed the moment we took office.” pic.twitter.com/TVo4tBEKyb
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 19, 2021
Despite this repeated claim from Biden as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and White House press secretary Jen Psaki, officials such as Anthony Fauci have reassured the public that the Trump administration and Operation Warp Speed did not leave the Biden administration empty-handed.
“We’re certainly not starting from scratch, because there is activity going on in the distribution,” Fauci said, disputing the White House’s claims.
Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s project to facilitate the creation and distribution of the vaccine, also passed along a plan to Biden and his team once they assumed office.
Biden Says There Is ‘Overwhelming Consensus’ to Pass Excessive COVID Spending
During a February CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper, Biden claimed there was “overwhelming consensus” to pass a coronavirus spending bill with excessive funding.
I’m committed to pass — look, here’s — some of you are probably economists or college professors or you’re teachers in school. This is the first time in my career — and as you can tell, I’m over 30 — the first time in my career that there is a consensus among economists left, right, and center that is over — and including the IMF and in Europe, that overwhelming consensus is, in order to grow the economy a year, two, three, and four down the line, we can’t spend too much.
A column in the Wall Street Journal published in January disproves Biden’s erroneous assertion by highlighting remarks from several of Biden’s own political allies on the left who refute the idea of passing a gargantuan package.
Another article in the New Yorker published days before Biden’s CNN appearance cited warnings over Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package by prominent economists.
“The 1.9 trillion program could overheat the economy so badly as to be counterproductive,” Olivier Blanchard, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, tweeted.
Biden Denies Psaki Said Schools Should Open Just One Day a Week
The same night he claimed a COVID-19 vaccine was not created until after he joined the White House, Biden denied that White House press secretary Jen Psaki ever said schools should be open just one day a week, claiming it was simply “not true” and eventually clarifying his statement to say it was “mistaken in communication.”
Asked about @PressSec saying that schools should be open one day a week, Biden says “that’s not true” and it was a “mistaken in communication.”
The quote from Psaki: pic.twitter.com/TVbeo80JnB
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) February 17, 2021
At the beginning of February, Psaki proudly declared that Biden’s goal to have children back to classroom learning by his 100th day in office, in April, only applied to half the country’s schools and only requires one day of in-person learning — meaning just 50 percent of kids attending school for about five days total would accomplish the “goal.” When a reporter asked her to clarify the Biden administration’s position, Psaki doubled down on the plan to require just one day of in-person learning per week in “the majority of schools.” Days later, the White House flip-flopped its position on school reopenings, and Psaki told reporters that Biden’s plan was to ensure every school would be open “five days a week.”
Biden Claims COVID Vaccine Wasn’t Around When He Assumed Office
During a CNN town hall on Feb. 16, Biden falsely claimed the United States did not have a COVID-19 vaccine when he transitioned into the White House in late January.
President Biden said in reference to a vaccine — “Which we didn’t have when I came into office.” That’s just blatantly false. @CnnTown
— Beverly Hallberg (@BeverlyHallberg) February 17, 2021
Against faulty predictions from journalists, so-called experts, and verified Twitter users who cast doubt on former-President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, the first round of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was administered in the United States to health care workers in mid-December following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use and mass distribution approval. The FDA also applied emergency authorization to the Moderna vaccine in mid-December, approving it for widespread distribution and use long before Biden joined the White House.
Biden received both doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine before he was inaugurated.
Biden Statement on Impeachment Falsely Attributes Officer’s Death to Capitol Riot
Biden’s statement on Trump’s impeachment acquittal opened with the assertion that a Capitol police officer who died on the day of the January riots was killed by the mob of Trump supporters storming the congressional complex.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 14, 2021
“It was nearly two weeks ago that Jill and I paid our respects to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who laid in honor in the Rotunda after losing his life protecting the Capitol from a riotous, violent mob on January 6, 2021,” Biden said.
There is absolutely no evidence to prove, however, that Sicknick was brutally killed by the mob that day, a claim amplified by Democrats throughout the impeachment proceedings with the help of legacy outlets such as the New York Times, which quietly later issued a correction as the trial came to a close.
Amazing: the NYT just quietly appended this so-called “update” – which is really a correction if not a retraction – to its Jan 8 article about Officer Sicknick’s death.
This is the article that caused the media to spend a full month spreading the false “fire extinguisher” tale: pic.twitter.com/lA2YZEdsUF
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 14, 2021
Kamala Harris Repeats Bogus Claim New White House Starting ‘From Scratch’ on Vaccines
Vice President Kamala Harris repeated the bogus claim that the Biden White House has been forced to start “from scratch” to handle the coronavirus vaccine rollout.
“We’re starting from scratch,” Harris said, “on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”
Even National Institutes of Health Director Anthony Fauci rejected the assertion made by White House officials in January, as the Trump administration reached the 1 million shots-a-day threshold Biden has attempted to claim credit for.
— Axios (@axios) February 14, 2021
Biden Said He Would Fire Staff ‘On the Spot’ for ‘Disrepect.’ Hasn’t Fired Deputy Press Secretary
Biden issued a stark warning to about 1,000 presidential appointees upon taking the reins of the Oval Office.
“If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone, I promise you, I will fire you on the spot — on the spot. No ifs, ands, or buts,” Biden said.
On Feb. 12, however, Vanity Fair reported White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo threatened a Politico reporter inquiring about a romantic relationship with an Axios political reporter tasked with covering the vice president after leaving the Biden beat.
“I will destroy you,” Ducklo reportedly threatened Politico’s Tara Palmeri, if the paper published the story.
Instead of unemployment, however, Ducklo was given a one-week suspension without pay.
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/ryRLkdPAqa
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) February 12, 2021
Biden Said He ‘Misspoke’ When Claiming US Would Reach Only 100 Million Vaccines in 100 Days
Biden said during a Jan. 25 press conference he “misspoke” when claiming the United States would reach only 100 million coronavirus vaccine shots given out within the administration’s first 100 days, a pace reached by the Trump administration. Biden then emphasized a hope of reaching 150 million instead.
The White House COVID-19 Response Team tweeted two days later, however, that the Biden administration’s goal of 100 million doses in 100 days hasn’t changed.
The President set an ambitious goal of administering 100 million shots in our first 100 days. To get there, we’ve got to average about a million shots per day. Just one week in, our trajectory is good and we are well on our way to hitting that goal. pic.twitter.com/wnifMdoU8e
— White House COVID-19 Response Team (@WHCOVIDResponse) January 27, 2021
Biden Trashed Trump’s China Travel Ban as Xenophobic Before Signing His Own
When Trump implemented a travel ban on China in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, then-candidate Biden railed against the executive action as “xenophobic,” claiming such restrictions do not work.
Less than a year later, Biden has implemented his own travel bans on South Africa, Brazil, Great Britain, and 26 other European countries in the second week of his presidency.
Biden’s tweet about Xenophobic & fear mongering was not about the Muslim country travel restrictions. It was about COVID, in March of last year. Biden also stated travel restrictions won’t work. https://t.co/v6PNl5ILOb pic.twitter.com/SRj8Wtq2oR
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) January 25, 2021
Biden Team: Trump Vaccination Plan ‘Worse Than We Could Have Imagined’
After Biden staffers lied, telling CNN there was “nothing for us to rework” in terms of a vaccination distribution plan, White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted at the podium during a Jan. 25 briefing that there was a plan — they just won’t give credit. Psaki told reporters the plan from the Trump White House was “much worse than we could have imagined.”
.@PressSec says the coronavirus vaccine distribution plan inherited from the Trump White House is “much worse than we could have imagined.”
— Anders Hagstrom (@Hagstrom_Anders) January 25, 2021
The plan inherited by the Biden White House, however, has already put the new administration on a trajectory to reach its goal of getting 100 million people vaccinated within its first 100 days.
Below is the chart outline for the distribution process under Operation Warp Speed, which produced not one, but two coronavirus vaccines in record time.
Biden Warns Pandemic Will Worsen After Pledging to Shut Down Virus
Biden spent the entire campaign last year running on a platform to shut down the novel coronavirus, only to back away from the signature pledge on day three of his White House tenure with a bold admission.
“There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” Biden said on Jan. 22.
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 22, 2021
Not only did Biden’s official campaign promise acknowledge that “the trajectory of COVID-19 in America is headed in the wrong direction” and that his administration would be the solution, but Biden also pledged numerous times to “immediately put in place a national strategy that will position our country to finally get ahead of this virus and get back our lives.”
Biden Claims Federal Government Never Acted with Urgency to Combat Pandemic
Joe Biden claimed the federal government failed to “act with the urgency” that was necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic, apparently neglecting to mention the Trump White House’s Operation Warp Speed that produced two viable coronavirus vaccines by the year’s end.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn also pointed out that Congress passed trillions in stimulus, providing funds for pandemic efforts and economic recovery.
Fact: A series of bipartisan COVID-19 relief bills passed last year totaling more than $4 trillion, as recently as last month.
Fact: About 1 million Americans being vaccinated daily
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) January 22, 2021
Biden Team Tells CNN Trump Offered No Plan for Vaccine Distribution
Sources within the Biden administration told CNN they inherited no vaccine distribution plan from the previous White House.
“There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” one source reportedly told CNN’s MJ Lee, except there was, as outlined in Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, included below.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 21, 2021
The Biden team’s statements were also contradicted by Dr. Fauci the same afternoon.
“We’re certainly not starting from scratch, because there is activity going on in the distribution,” Fauci told reporters.
Biden White House Claims Elites ‘Celebrating’ Is Exception to Mask Edict
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki justified Biden’s decision with his family to forgo face masks at the Lincoln Memorial after signing an executive order requiring them on all federal lands.
“He was celebrating a historic day in our country. … We have bigger things to worry about,” said Psaki, whose dismissal of the face mask as an insignificant issue was contradicted by the White House edict passed hours earlier.
Jen Psaki is asked why Joe Biden and members of his family weren’t wearing masks at the Lincoln Memorial last night after signing the mask mandate on federal lands:
“He was celebrating a historic day in our country… We have bigger things to worry about.” pic.twitter.com/wLjD1V0k1f
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 21, 2021
Though Biden has received both shots of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines stipulate that vaccinated people are to continue wearing face masks, citing a lack of research showing whether those vaccinated can still spread the virus. While Biden likely did not need to wear a face mask, considering he was outside and adequately distanced from others, the absence of a mask flies in the face of Biden’s executive order, in which “celebrating” is not listed as an exception.
Biden Falsely Claims ‘All’ Media Smeared Vaccine Plan as ‘Impossible’
Joe Biden defended his administration’s goal to vaccinate 100 million Americans within his first 100 days in office after a reporter questioned whether the target was too modest.
“When I announced it, you all said it wasn’t possible. C’mon. Gimme a break, man,” Biden snapped.
Biden, asked if 100 million vaccines within 100 days is too low of a goal, snaps: “When I announced it you all said it wasn’t possible. Gimme a break. C’mon man.” pic.twitter.com/O7n7jBOjvn
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 21, 2021
While few articles at major publications have voiced some skepticism, they remained rare, undermining Biden’s claim that “all” media had been overwhelmingly pessimistic of the Biden administration reaching the 100 million mark by the end of April.
Biden Vows to Be Unity President After Smearing GOP Sens. as Nazis
Biden launched his first term as commander-in-chief by branding himself as the unifier-in-chief while aggressively pursuing a partisan progressive agenda promoting left-wing ideas of “social justice” after smearing two Republican senators as Nazi collaborators.
“To all those who did not support us, let me say this: Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart,” Biden pleaded with the American people.
Less than two weeks prior, however, the “unity” president smeared Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas as Nazis.
President Joe Biden made numerous false or misleading statements during his address to Congress on Wednesday night, a speech that critics panned as extreme and divisive.
Here are five of the most obvious false or misleading claims that Biden made (this list is not exhaustive):
1. Lies about travel with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
What Biden said: “I spent a lot of time with President Xi, traveling over 17,000 miles.”
Biden has repeatedly made this claim and The Washington Post debunked it, awarding it three Pinocchios. The Post said it “could not get the travel to add up to anything close to 17,000 miles.”
What Biden said: “In the ’90s we passed universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that hold 100 rounds that can be fired off in seconds. We beat the N.R.A. Mass shootings and gun violence declined, check out the report, over 10 years. … We need a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And don’t tell me it can’t be done. We did it before and it worked.”
Left-wing ProPublica reported:
A definitive study of the 1994 law – which prohibited the manufacture and sale of semiautomatic guns with “military-style features” such pistol grips or bayonet mounts as well as magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition – found no evidence that it had reduced overall gun crime or made shootings less lethal. “We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence,” the Department of Justice-funded study concluded in 2004. “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”
What Biden said: “We need a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. … Talk to most responsible hunters and gun owners. They’ll tell you there’s no possible justification for having 100 rounds in a weapon. … These kinds of reasonable reforms have overwhelming support from the American people, including many gun owners.”
The Washington Post fact-checked a similar claim that Biden made 10 days ago when Biden said at a press conference: “The folks who own weapons, the folks who own guns, they support universal background checks. The majority of them think we should not be selling assault weapons.”
Numerous surveys show that a vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, support enhanced background checks. But Biden went too far in claiming that a majority of gun owners also support a ban on assault weapons. The White House could not point to a poll that supported the claim, while a recent Post poll found that a narrow majority opposed it. The president earns Two Pinocchios.
What Biden said: “From the very beginning, there were certain guns, weapons that could not be owned by Americans. Certain people could not own those weapons, ever. We’re not changing the Constitution. We’re being reasonable.”
National Review senior writer David Harsanyi, who is a Second Amendment expert, disputed a nearly identical comment that Biden made 10 days ago.
I can’t even begin to imagine what rickety basis there is for making such a claim. I mean, I wrote a book on the history of American guns, and never once did I run across any law that restricted Americans from owning any weapons they desired (unless we’re talking about blacks or Indians; because most gun restrictions in U.S. history have been employed to unarm the people who need weapons most). The idea of the federal government conducting any kind domestic “gun policy” whatsoever would have been a completely alien concept to anyone before the 1930s. Even then, no specific types of guns were banned from use. It wasn’t really until 1986 that that fully automatic guns were effectively banned by the federal government.
3. Biden tries to claim too much credit for the vaccinations that are happening.
What Biden said: “When I was sworn in, less than 1% of seniors were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. One hundred days later, nearly 70% of seniors are fully protected.”
The Washington Post said that Biden’s claim is a “misleading statistic,” adding:
When Biden took office, vaccinations had been given for only about a month. Moreover, health-care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, front-line essential workers and people over the age of 75 were in line to be the first to be vaccinated, which is why a relatively small percentage of people over 65 had been fully vaccinated.
4. Biden makes misleading claims about illegal aliens.
What Biden said: “Over 11 million undocumented folks, the vast majority of here overstaying visas.”
The Washington Post noted that while visa overstays have outpaced migrants that have illegally entered the U.S. at the border in recent years, he “was wrong to say the ‘vast majority’ overstayed their visas.”
The Post reported:
The issue here is that Biden was speaking about the entire undocumented population accumulated over time. He didn’t limit his comments to the migration dynamics seen in recent years. When looking comprehensively across decades, border-crossings are still the top driver of undocumented migration. In fact, the recent surge at the border in 2019 and in Biden’s early months may have substantially changed the percentages.
5. Economist pushes back on claim Biden makes about billionaires becoming wealthier during the pandemic.
What Biden said: “Twenty million Americans lost their job in the pandemic, working- and middle-class Americans. At the same time, roughly 650 billionaires in America saw their net worth increase by more than $1 trillion, in the same exact period. Let me say it again. Six hundred fifty people increased their wealth by more than $1 trillion during this pandemic and they’re now worth more than $4 trillion.”
Brian Riedl, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, responded: “President Biden seems to be using the debunked statistic about soaring billionaire wealth during the pandemic that uses the starting point of the S&P 500 trough rather than the actual beginning of the pandemic.”
In a piece that he wrote at National Review last July, Riedl explained:
The source of this claim is a “study” from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a liberal think tank, titled “US Billionaire Wealth Surges to $584 Billion, or 20 Percent, Since the Beginning of the Pandemic.” Every few weeks, the organization updates the data and receives another round of media headlines announcing that the pandemic has coincided with a massive surge in billionaire wealth. …
Yet the claim that billionaire wealth has surged “since the beginning of the pandemic” is flatly untrue. The Institute for Policy Studies estimates billionaire wealth using constantly updated estimates from Forbes’s “Real Time Billionaires List,” which relies mostly on the growth of the S&P 500 and individual stocks held by the CEOs of top companies. The problem is that IPS seems to have deliberately narrowed the pandemic timeframe to support a dishonest claim.
The S&P 500 began the year at 3,230, before peaking at 3,380 on Thursday, February 20. The following Monday, pandemic fears slammed the stock market (CNBC: “Dow plunges 1,000 points on coronavirus fears”), and the S&P continued falling to 2,436 by the close of March 17. A few days later, it began rebounding to 3,113 through June 17, after which it dipped back to 3,009 through June 26.
A fair analysis of the stock market and the pandemic would roughly cover the time from February 20 to the present. Instead, IPS completely ignored the pandemic-driven 944-point drop between February 20 and March 17 and counted only the 677-point rebound that occurred between March 18 and June 17. There is no intellectual justification for manipulating the timeframe in this way. …
The authors manipulated the timing window to build the dishonest narrative that the pandemic has made America’s billionaires $584 billion wealthier. It is the equivalent of saying the Cleveland Browns went 6–0 last season if you don’t count the ten losses.
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