Turns out, he still is one. And now that he is supposedly the leader of the free world, his gaffes are magnified to the extent that even his cheering and water-carrying section has to correct the record.
This week at the town hall event sponsored and aired by CNN, Biden made some truly embarrassing misstatements that required major damage control. Oddly enough, it is CNN that has forced them into damage control mode.
According to the cable network:
Biden said the $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage is too low, then said soon after: “For example, if it went — if we gradually increased it — when we indexed it at $7.20, if we kept it indexed by — to inflation, people would be making 20 bucks an hour right now. That’s what it would be.”
Well, that’s not exactly right. See, according to the fact-checking at CNN, if the minimum wage was adjusted for inflation, it would be $8.98.
Biden said of the US population of undocumented immigrants: “The vast majority of the people, those 11 million undocumented, they’re not Hispanics; they’re people who came on a visa — who was able to buy a ticket to get in a plane and didn’t go home. They didn’t come across the Rio Grande swimming…”
China…there’s another problem issue for Biden.
Biden talked about how he met with China’s now-President, Xi Jinping, while Biden was vice president, and then returned to the US and mused about China’s demographic challenges. He said, “And I came back and said they’re going to end their One China — their one-child policy because they’re so xenophobic they won’t let anybody else in, and more people are retired than working. How can they sustain economic growth when more people are retired?”
According to CNN:
It is not even close to true that more people in China are retired than working — even today, let alone when Biden was vice president and the Chinese workforce was younger. China reported having about 775 million employed people at the end of 2019; China had a reported 254 million people aged 60 or above, the normal retirement-benefits age for men. “The working aged population has peaked and is now declining and retirees are growing rapidly, so the ratio of workers to retirees is becoming less favorable. But the ratio is still greater than 1,” said David Dollar, an expert on the Chinese population who is a Brookings Institution senior fellow.
And then there were the claims about the COVID-19 vaccines (none of which mentioned the number of recorded adverse reactions to them).
He said early at the town hall that when “we came into office, there was only 50 million doses that were available.” Moments later, he said, “We got into office and found out the supply — there was no backlog. I mean, there was nothing in the refrigerator, figuratively and literally speaking, and there were 10 million doses a day that were available.” Soon after that, he told Cooper, “But when you and I talked last, we talked about — it’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t have when we came into office, but a vaccinator — how do you get the vaccine into someone’s arm?”
Since Biden appeared at a photo-op receiving something in his arm via a syringe, he might think back to that incident and come to a conclusion on his own.
Of course, then he would have to think, and it’s obvious from his public performance that Biden isn’t thinking much at all these days.
Even CNN noticed.
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