Recent economic news, particularly with regard to inflation, has been especially devastating for President Joe Biden, despite the desperate attempts of his administration to search for and highlight any possible positive spin.
But tens of millions of Americans, basically anybody with a computer and the internet, can see for themselves how bad things are right now, which led to the phrase “worst president,” in regard to Biden, to be a top trend on Twitter in recent days, the Conservative Brief reported.
Indeed, millions of Americans, whether they be popular political pundits or simply average citizens, took to social media over the past week to grant former President Jimmy Carter a reprieve and dub President Biden as the “worst president ever,” at least in the modern era.
Blame-shifting and excuse-making
Fueling that negative social media trend for Biden was the Labor Department report last week which revealed that the Consumer Price Index for the month of June had risen 9.1% over June 2021, according to The Hill.
That increase was driven in large part by higher than expected price hikes for food and fuel, though prices had risen virtually across the board for nearly everything else as well.
Of course, none of that is the fault of the president and his policies, as Biden and his White House have been quick to assert, and Biden himself, in remarks about that CPI report, acknowledged that inflation remained “unacceptably high” but argued that the report’s data was “out-of-date” and didn’t factor in recent meager declines in gas prices or certain commodities like wheat.
And, quite predictably, Biden skirted any responsibility for the painfully high prices by, once again, shifting accountability to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republicans in Congress.
The excuse-making continued Monday during a press briefing with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and top economics adviser Jared Bernstein, who insisted that an economic recession was not imminent and cherry-picked certain out-of-context economic indicators to suggest that the U.S. economy remained quite strong — increasing inflation notwithstanding.
Yet, as the Conservative Brief noted and as was evidenced on Twitter and other social media platforms, millions of Americans are no longer buying the White House’s incessant excuses and are increasingly placing the blame for inflation and other economic issues squarely at President Biden’s feet.
What has been seen on social media coincides with what has been found in the polls, particularly with regard to Biden’s overall job approval and especially with his handling of the U.S. economy.
According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Biden’s job approval currently stands at a near all-time low of 38.2% while his disapproval is at a near all-time high of 56.8%, for a net negative spread of -18.6%.
The situation is even worse for Biden when RCP averages only his job approval on the economy, as it shows that Biden is currently underwater by -31 percentage points, with an economic approval of 32.7% and disapproval of 63.7% — horrific numbers by any standard and which can’t be spun away with blame-shifting or various other excuses.