President Biden, in a forceful and aggressive speech to the AFL-CIO, America’s biggest federation of labor unions, fought back on charges that his administration was partly to blame for the country’s economic troubles, notably 40-year-high inflation.
Biden claimed at various occasions that the economic issues affecting Americans were caused by external factors and that his administration had achieved significant economic success despite them. In one case, Biden claimed that the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was the only cause of record-high gas prices.
“I’ve done everything in my power to blunt Putin’s gas price hike. Just since he invaded Ukraine, it’s gone up $1.74 a gallon, because of nothing else but that.” he stated.
Biden again dismissed claims that high inflation is the result of wasteful government expenditure. He roared into the microphone, “I don’t want to hear anymore of these lies about reckless spending! We’re changing people’s lives!”
In other parts of his address, the president claimed that his administration was responsible for the largest job recovery in history.
Conservative Twitter opponents weren’t convinced by Biden’s statements, and several chastised him for his angry tone.
Dems 2022: STFU and be thankful, you ignorant ingrates https://t.co/Ov5rut6GzX— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 14, 2022
“Changing peoples’ lives for the worse.” tweeted American Greatness senior fellow Ned Ryun in response to Biden’s boasts of changing people’s lives.
“True, Biden is ‘changing people’s lives.’ People can’t afford s—t anymore.” Ryan Saavedra of The Daily Wire tweeted in response.
“Are we supposed to pretend this is normal?” Human Events columnist Chris Barron wondered.
Republican strategist Matt Wolking tweeted, “Oh you changed our lives alright pal,”
“The looming #BidenRecession will do that.” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said.
“I’ll take ‘The American people aren’t buying this talking point’ for $5,000,” said Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, in response to Putin’s prediction that gas prices will rise.