Well, it’s never a good sign when you’re less than two weeks into your presidency and you’re already being accused of breaking a pretty significant campaign promise. Nonetheless, that’s the position Joe Biden finds himself in now. The hashtag #BidenLied was tearing up Twitter over the weekend in response to the news that, even in its biggest form, the president’s proposed stimulus package will only allow for $1400 checks. Put together with the $600 Americans got from Trump and Biden argues that it adds up to the $2,000 checks he promised before taking office.
But not everyone is buying the math.
“@POTUS will build on the $600 down payment provided by Congress last year, sending an additional $1,400 to households across America, totaling direct payments to $2,000 per person,” the Democratic Party wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
This didn’t sit well with voters who remember Biden (repeatedly) saying that he would send out $2k checks as soon as possible.
“$2000 is not $1400,” tweeted podcaster Ryan Knight. “So @JoeBiden is either a liar or really bad at math. I am going with LIAR.”
“#BidenLied By the time the stimulus package arrives it’ll be more like 600 bucks instead of the 2000 we were promised but don’t worry, Jill Biden is going to hand out cookies later,” another disgruntled Twitter user wrote.
“#BidenLied and the whole government lied,” wrote another. “Don’t say your given us $2000 checks when your really given us $1400 checks. That’s just cold, bruh.”
“President Joe Biden promised that if the Democrats won Georgia, then $2,000 survival checks would ‘go out the door immediately.’ President Biden lied,” wrote Hunter Wilson for the Bristol Herald Courier. “Those immediate $2,000 checks have turned into $1,400 checks to be negotiated and released in March or even April. I don’t have to remind you that to date, we’ve gotten a total of about $1,800 of disaster relief to last 10 months now. In most places, $1,800 barely covers rent, much less food, transportation, childcare… And that’s taken together, not as two payments of $1,200 and $600.”
Progressives in Congress, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have also taken Biden to task for the rapidly-diminishing checks.
Thus far, however, Biden has made no attempt to restore his original promise and the Democratic Party is sticking with their “600 + 1400 = 2,000” excuse. Of course, unless Biden can get Republicans on board his $1.9 trillion plan in the first place, even $1,400 checks may be hard to send out.
Rough start, Joe.