The White House saga about a deleted tweet that was “not complete” continues and White House Press Secretary and President Joe Biden keep digging themselves a deeper and deeper hole.
A reporter questioned Karine Jean Pierre (KJP) did not allow the “not complete” story to fade away. They took aim at the narrative KJP had advanced and noted that the president had made the exact claim that she had said was “not complete.”
Here is some history, on Tuesday, the White House claimed Biden is responsible for the coming increase in Social Security payouts.
“Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” the White House tweet claimed.
Twitter eventually added a label before the White House’s deletion stating that “readers added context they thought people might want to know.”
“Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefit increase due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate. President Nixon in 1972 signed into law automatic benefit adjustments tied to the Consumer Price Index,” the additional information stated.
The White House deleted the post after Twitter users added the fact-check and proved that the increases in Social Security payouts are in place because a law has mandated it so that it is commensurate with increasing inflation.
White House Deletes Twitter Post After Users Fact Check Them
At the most recent White House press briefing, a reporter asked whether the tweet was taken down “because of the addition of a note, or was it removed because of the concern about the veracity of the message in the tweet?”
“Look, the tweet was not complete,” Jean-Pierre responded. “Usually, when we put out a tweet, we post it with context, and it did not have that context.”
KJP tried to explain that the context is that Medicare premiums will decrease shortly and that “MAGA Republicans” want to cut social safety-net spending that is, in reality, insolvent.
“It did not have that context. It was an incomplete tweet,” the press secretary stated, “and so that’s why you saw the digital team take that action.”
The reporter noted that Biden took credit for the increase in Social Security payouts by claiming that it occurred “on my watch” one time, and “on our watch” another time.
On Tuesday in Florida, Biden said while campaigning for Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), “And on my watch, for the first time in 10 years, seniors are getting an increase in their Social Security checks.”
Then at a campaign rally for Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) in Florida Biden said again, “On our watch, for the first time in 10 years, seniors are getting the biggest increase in Social Security checks, period.”
The reporter used these statements to corner Jean-Pierre and asked her if she believed that Biden was claiming credit for something that is literally tied to cost-of-living increase and inflation.
“We believe that we — we want to lay our argument out fully. And that was important to do as we put out, you know, information like that or as we put out a tweet,” she stumbled. “And that was an incomplete tweet. So we do think it is important to do.”
Wow. She never answered why Biden was continuing to spew what they call “incomplete” information. She did say that Biden was n to trying to take credit for the cost of living increase.
Really? That is hard to believe with his “on my watch” lingo.
These guys just can’t get their story straight.