Updated May 6, 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 Appears To Make Up Amtrak Story
At a 50th-anniversary event for Amtrak in Philadelphia, President Joe Biden said that when he was vice president, a train conductor congratulated him for traveling 1.5 million miles on Amtrak. A Fox News report out on May 5 however, pokes holes in the president’s account.
“When I became vice president, one of the Capitol Hill newspapers estimated that I had taken more than 7,000 round trips on Amtrak over my career,” Biden said. “I think that’s an exaggeration. I’m going to rely on those two conductors … one of them was a guy named Angelo Negri.”
Biden continued, telling the audience Negri estimated Biden had traveled 1.5 million miles on Amtrak trains around his fourth or fifth year as vice president, which would have been in 2013 or 2014.
“My mom was sick and I used to try to come home almost every weekend as vice president to see her,” Biden said. “I got on the train and Angelo Negri came up and he goes, ‘Joey, baby,’ and he grabbed my cheek like he always did… He said, ‘Joey, what’s the big deal? One-point three million miles on Air Force Two? Do you know how many miles you traveled on Amtrak?’ I said, ‘No, Angie, I don’t know.’ He gave me the calculation and he said you traveled 1.5 million miles on Amtrak.”
An obituary for Negri however, Fox News pointed out, states the conductor retired in 1993, decades before Biden’s supposed story took place while he was still a senator from Delaware. Biden’s mother passed away in 2010.
White House Says Trump Admin Spurred On Border Crisis
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Trump created “an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies” that spurred on the border crisis.
“Our administration immediately jumped into action to address the influx of migrants at the border, something that began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration,” Psaki said.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 4, 2021
While apprehensions under Trump’s leadership did begin increasing in fall 2020, border crossings surged during the first few months of Biden’s presidency. Not only did U.S. Customs and Border Protection take more than 172,000 illegal aliens into custody in March but data also shows increases between February and March data forced the CBP to stretch its chart to accommodate the largest numbers it has seen in at least two decades.
Biden Claims $1.8 Trillion American Families Plan Won’t Add To Deficit
President Biden claimed in Virginia on May 3 while promoting the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan the Democrats’ latest behemoth wish-list bill “doesn’t add a single penny to our deficit.”
“It’s paid for by making sure corporate America and the wealthiest 1 percent just pay their fair share,” Biden said.
Biden on his American Families Plan, which would add another $1.8 trillion to the $3 trillion deficit: "It doesn’t add a single penny to our deficit." pic.twitter.com/Cy9HgKDUHA
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 3, 2021
According to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget however, the plan “includes $1.5 trillion of offsets, resulting in a $300 billion net deficit impact over a decade.”
Biden Says Anyone Making Less Than $400k Doesn’t Have To Pay Taxes
Biden said that anyone making less than $400,000 a year doesn’t have to pay taxes.
“Anybody making less than $400,000 a year will not pay a single penny in taxes,” the Democrat said. “And we will not increase the deficit either, unlike the last gigantic tax cut which increased the deficit by $2 trillion.”
PRES. BIDEN: "Anybody making less than $400,000 a year will not pay a single penny in taxes." pic.twitter.com/37GkyPeY1K
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 3, 2021
Biden’s words may be a gaffe, but even experts agree that his promise to not raise taxes on those making less than $400,000 a year is ambitious and not realistic. Even if the Democrats concentrate on “taxing the rich,” those who fall below the $400,000 mark are subject to consequences from a highly taxed economy.
Biden Blames Trump For The Border Crisis (Again)
During his interview with NBC News, Biden claimed that the“one god-awful mess at the border” was created by the Trump administration.
“Hey, look, here’s what happened – the failure to have a real transition. The two departments that didn’t give us access to virtually anything were the immigration [department] and the Defense Department. So, we didn’t find out they had fired a whole lot of people, that they were understaffed considerably,” Biden said.
This statement, Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said, is false.
“At the Department of Homeland Security, we provided the transition team with more than 200 extensive briefings on homeland security issues, the majority of which dealt with the border, immigration policy, and the processes and procedures we had in place to secure the border and reduce asylum fraud…During the transition, the incoming Biden administration was made fully aware of the consequences of undoing the effective policies that had fixed the previous crisis and driven illegal crossings down substantially,” he said.
Biden is quick to shift the negative media coverage of the disaster at the border to his predecessor, but Trump is not responsible for the thousands of people crossing the border. Not only have the number of illegal aliens surged to record highs since Biden assumed office, but migrants have admitted that the reason they came is that they knew the Biden administration wouldn’t turn them or their families away. Even though illegal migrants may be hopeful about a future in the U.S., Biden and his team are struggling to keep up with housing the aliens in safe and clean conditions.
Biden Claims That The Border Is ‘Under Control’
Despite his belief that Trump created the border crisis, Biden falsely claimed that it is “getting urgent action now.”
“For example, a month ago, we had thousands of young kids in custody in places they shouldn’t be, and controlled by the Border Patrol. We have now cut that down dramatically,” Biden said in an interview with NBC News.
As noted by Heritage, even if the “number of unaccompanied minors in Customs and Border Protection custody has decreased, the numbers are clear: most of those minors are simply being transferred from one government agency to another—in this CBP custody to the Department of Health and Human Services.”
Biden Says Trump Admin Didn’t Adequately Plan For Border Crisis
During his interview with NBC News, Biden claimed that the Trump administration did not plan for the border crisis/
“For example, we have — they didn’t plan for, which it comes every year, this flow, whether it is 22,000 or 10,000, they didn’t have the beds that were available. They didn’t plan for the overflow. They didn’t plan for the Department of Health and Human Services to have places to take the kids from the Border Patrol and put them in beds where there was security and there were that people who could take care of them. So, there is a significant change right now, a significant change in the circumstance for children coming to and at the border,” he said.
As noted by Former Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, “this is an outrageous claim.”
“In November 2020, CBP under the Trump administration had fewer than 800 unaccompanied alien children, family units, and single adults in custody. In March of this year, that number had exploded to more than 10,000. Even though apprehensions started increasing in 2020, as growing numbers of illegal migrants gambled on a potential Biden election victory and subsequent amnesty, the Trump administration had strong policies in place to quickly and responsibly process and deport most of these individuals. This meant there was no systemic issue with backlogs or overcrowded CBP or HHS facilities,” Morgan said.
Biden Claims His Administration Has Control Of The Border Crisis
In an interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin on “Today,” Biden falsely claimed that his administration successfully reigned in the Southern border crisis.
“It’s way down now, we’ve now gotten control,” Biden said.
“Do not send your kids, period. … they're in jeopardy going, making that 1000-mile trek.” -President Biden’s message to parents sending their children across the border pic.twitter.com/stHHQeUiWl
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 30, 2021
Instead of facing the fact that U.S. Customs and Border Protection took more than 172,000 illegal aliens into custody in March, making it the busiest month for the agency in more than 20 years, Biden blamed the previous administration for not preparing for the influx exacerbated by Democrat rhetoric.
“They didn’t plan for, which comes every year, this flow, whether it’s 22,000 or 10,000,” Biden said. “They didn’t have the beds that were available, they didn’t plan for the overflow. They didn’t plan for the Department of Health and Human Services to have places to take the kid from the border patrol and put them in beds where there’s security and there were people that could take care of them.”
Biden promised that the White House and other federal agencies are taking “urgent action now,” a record-breaking 18,890 unaccompanied teens and children have been packed into overcrowded shelters plagued by COVID-19 spread and “dangerous” conditions for longer than the 72-hour limit permitted by federal law.
Biden Says Banning ‘Assault Weapons’ Reduced Gun Violence And Mass Shootings
Biden said that former President Bill Clinton’s ban on assault weapons contributed to the decline in gun violence and mass shootings over 10 years in his joint address.
“A ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines that hold 100 rounds that can be fired off in seconds…we beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence declined. Check out the report over 10 years,” Biden said.
President Biden once again touts the lie that former President Clinton's ban on "assault weapons" reduced gun violence and mass shootings over 10 years.
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 29, 2021
As noted by Townhall’s Katie Pavlich, a 2004 University of Pennsylvania Center of Criminology funded by the Department of Justice found that the “ban cannot be credited with a decrease in violence carried out with firearms.”
“We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence, based on indicators like the percentage of gun crimes resulting in death or the share of gunfire incidents resulting in injury,” the report stated. “The ban’s impact on gun violence is likely to be small at best, and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. AWs [assault weapons] were used in no more than 8% of gun crimes even before the ban.”
Biden’s claim that semiautomatic rifles with “high capacity magazines that hold 100 rounds that can be fired off in seconds” is also disputed. While a semiautomatic rifle may be able to fire off 100 rounds in less than a minute, speechwriters chose to use “seconds” which implies a smaller timeframe than what is actually required to go through that much ammo.
President Biden is about to lie to the American people about guns. Again. My favorite here is the blatant lie that "high capacity magazines" enable semi-automatic rifles to fire 100 rounds in seconds. It's just not true.https://t.co/nIeYNXhF9L
— Amy Swearer (@AmySwearer) April 29, 2021
Biden Brags That COVID Spending Bill Was Bipartisan Effort. It Wasn’t.
During his first address to a joint session of Congress, Biden said that his $1.9 trillion COVID spending bill was a bipartisan effort.
“What else have we done in those first 100 days? We kept our commitment — Democrats and Republicans — of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85 percent of American households. We’ve already sent more than 160 million checks out the door,” Biden said.
No Republicans, however, voted for the bill which was jammed through the Democrat-controlled Congress using budget reconciliation. While Biden met with members of the GOP about the legislation to discuss changes, he ultimately refused to compromise on its price.
Biden Claims Jan. 6 Riot ‘Worst Attack On Our Democracy Since The Civil War’
President Biden claimed in his first State of the Union address before Congress the Jan. 6 riots at the start of the new year was “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”
By the death toll however, the U.S. has seen far worse.
Five died who were present at the riot, four of whom through natural causes, including the Capitol police officer whose death was weaponized by Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump. One Capitol rioter was killed by a police officer.
The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, killed nearly 3,000 people after two commercial airliners flew into the New York’s world trade centers, one into the Pentagon, and one into a field in Pennsylvania.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, killed more than 2,400.
Biden Admin Repeats Fake News Russia Bounty Story To Justify Sanctions
The White House used a recently discredited narrative to justify enacting sanctions against Russia this week.
New reports state that U.S. intelligence had “low to moderate” confidence in a story claiming that Russia offered members of the Taliban bounties in exchange for killing American soldiers, but the Biden administration cited the narrative as one of the reasons Russia should be punished. Not only was the Russia bounty story mentioned in the White House “fact sheet” detailing the sanctions but it was also echoed by government officials.
Say what you will about New York Times journalists, but you can't deny that when they have a bit they stay committed to the bit. pic.twitter.com/ksuwhejIFP
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) April 16, 2021
Despite former President Donald Trump’s insistence in 2020 that the story was “fake news,” corporate media immediately latched onto the narrative and promoted it as fact. Many of the same news organizations that peddled the story have yet to walk back their previous coverage.
Biden Makes Misleading Statements About Gun Delay For 2015 Charleston Shooter
During his announcement of new gun control executive orders, Biden claimed that it was a 3-day FBI background check delay called the “Charleston loophole” that allowed Dylann Roof to execute the 2015 Charleston church shooting.
“What happened is someone was allowed to get the gun used to kill those innocent people at a church service,” Biden said. “If the FBI didn’t complete the background check within three days. There was a process. If it wasn’t done in three days, according to the Charleston loophole, you get to buy the gun.”
As the Washington Free Beacon notes, not only did Roof shot up the church more than two months after his background check was delayed, but “the FBI did not find the records that should have prohibited him from buying a gun” due to a mistake by the agency.
Biden Insists That Gun Manufacturers Can’t Be Sued
Biden insisted during his gun control executive order announcement that gun manufacturers can’t be sued.
“People don’t realize the only industry in America, a billion-dollar industry, that can’t be sued, that are exempt from being sued, are gun manufacturers,” Biden said. “This is the only outfit that is exempt from being sued.”
As noted by The Washington Free Beacon, multiple gun manufacturers such as Remington and Sig Sauer have been sued over design flaws and defects in their products. The Free Beacon also noted that while the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act protects manufacturers from lawsuits “stemming from the criminal misuse of guns by third parties,” other industries including pharmaceutical companies tasked with creating the COVID-19 are protected have immunity under the 2005 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act.
Biden Says Purchases At Gun Shows Don’t Require Background Checks
During his announcement introducing multiple executive gun control orders, Biden said that background checks are not required for purchases at gun shows.
“Most people don’t know when you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check but you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want with no background check,” Biden claimed.
BIDEN: "You go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want–no background check." pic.twitter.com/TbvfDPEwlp
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 8, 2021
While private firearm sellers in some states may complete gun show transactions without a background check, what many Democrats often label as the “gun show loophole,” any gun dealers with a federal firearms license are required to run background checks on customers investing in a weapon.
When confronted with a fact-check on Biden’s comments, the White House denied the president’s words just minutes after he stated them.
“No, it’s not his belief,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday. “He believes that gun that background check should be universal…we know what his position is.”
A reporter just asked Jen Psaki why Biden lied and said, "You go to a gun show, you can buy what you want and no background check."
Psaki just said the complete OPPOSITE and said "it is not his belief."
These two comments were made within 60 mins of each other. WH is clueless. pic.twitter.com/kabw6ysJ1w
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 8, 2021
Biden Repeats Spurious Claims About Georgia’s New Election Law
Biden told ESPN that Georgia’s new election reform law not only bans water and food in polling lines but also closes polls early so working people can’t vote.
“This is Jim Crow on steroids, but they’re doing it in Georgia and 40 other states,” Biden said. “Imagine passing a law saying you cannot provide water or food for someone standing in line to vote. Come on. Are you going to close a polling place at 5:00, where can people just get off? This is all about people, working folks, ordinary folks that I grew up with, from being able to vote.”
Despite Biden’s claims, 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. The new law also provides exceptions for “poll officers” to give voters food and water as long as they are not provided by political interest groups.
Biden Insists ‘No One Making Under $400k Will See Their Federal Taxes Go Up’
During his introduction of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, Biden repeated the lie that “no one making under $400,000 will see their federal taxes go up, period.”
“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 Falsehoods About Trump’s Tax Cut
Less than one week after he stated the claim during his first press conference, Biden insisted that “83 percent of the money went to the top 1 percent” because of Trump’s tax cuts.
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.
“What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick … deciding that you’re going to end voting at 5:00 when working people are just getting off work,” the president said during his first press conference.
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 on Ways and Means, however, says, “China’s corporate income tax rate is 25 percent, despite being a Communist nation” and that Biden’s promise to “increase our federal rate to 28 percent, on top of state corporate taxes, exposes American firms to takeovers from competitors based in Communist China.”
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 J. 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.
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.”
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.