For the past month, Joe Biden has been touring the country in a last ditch effort to conjure up support for Democrats ahead of the midterms. By the looks of recent polling, the Democrats are not poised to do well in these elections, so they’re having to bring the president out in full force to campaign.
However, these efforts have brought some outright false statements from Joe Biden that have even the liberal establishment media shaking their head. The Washington Post has issued the president a “bottomless Pinocchio” rating in fact checks regarding some of his recent claims.
A “Pinocchio” refers to when the Washington Post fact checks a statement and determines it to be incorrect. The “bottomless Pinocchio” fact check rating was created by the newspaper under the Trump administration to denote a false claim that has been given 3 “Pinocchio’s” and has been repeated at least 20 times. Brandon has certainly racked up a few of these ratings recently.
Biden recently claimed that, “On our watch, for the first time in 10 years, seniors are going to get the biggest increase in their Social Security checks they’ve gotten.” However, Biden declines to provide crucial context that the reason the payments have increased 8.7% is to match the historic inflation we are seeing. Legally, social security payments must be increased at the same pace of inflation to account for cost of living changes. Biden has been touting misleading claim around quite a bit.
Biden has also been attempting some serious damage control in relation to the absurd gas prices consumers have had to deal with at the pump throughout his presidency. Biden falsely claimed, “And because of action we’ve taken, gas prices are declining. We’re down $1.25 since the peak this summer and they’ve been falling for the last three weeks as well, and adding up real savings for families today. The most common price of gas in America is $3.39, down from over $5 when I took office.” This is demonstrably false as data from GasBuddy shows the most common price of gasoline on the day of Biden’s inauguration in 2021 was $2.39. Gas on then started to climb aggressively after Biden took office.
It’s also deceptive that Biden is citing the “most common price of gas” which is different than the average price of gas. This excludes areas in the country, like California, which have gas prices near $7 per gallon which make the national average higher. It’s also absurd for Biden to be bragging about where gas prices are, considering how they are still substantially higher than they were under Trump.
Another claim which was fact checked several times was when Biden claimed to have spent a large amount of time with the president of China, Xi Jinping. “I’ve spent more time with Xi Jinping of China than any world leader has, when I was Vice President all the way through to now. Over 78 hours with him alone. Eight – nine of those hours on the phone and the others in person, traveling 17,000 miles with him around the world, in China and the United States,” Brandon said. This was proven to be nowhere close to true.
Biden has been extensively fact checked on a number of other issues he has made claims about too. These include the Second Amendment, Trump’s tax cuts, unemployment, student debt, and more. However, this would turn into a novel if we were to discuss them all in detail.
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