FAIL: Twitter Corrects White House Tweet Praising Biden’s ‘Leadership’

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Amid budget-busting inflation and polls forecasting a red wave, the Biden administration apparently is struggling to find genuine, tangible accomplishments it can tout to voters ahead of the midterm elections next Tuesday.

The White House thought it found one and put out the word Tuesday on Twitter, which has been a reliable censor of messages that counter the administration’s narrative.

“Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” the White House tweeted.

But Elon Musk’s Twitter is allowing readers to add “context” to messages, and they threw a penalty flag on the White House message.

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Yes, the increase in Social Security payments was a result of Biden’s leadership. But not in the way the White House meant.

The rise actually was “due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate,” said the added message, which is part of Twitter’s “community notes” function.

The White House subsequently deleted the post without explanation.

The increase in Social Security benefits of 8.7% for next year is based on the spike in the Consumer Price Index from the third quarter of 2021 to the third quarter of 2022.

It’s the largest cost-of-living increase since 1981.

The annual inflation rate, currently 8.2%, was 1.4% when Biden took office in January 2021.

Musk, in a tweet Tuesday, called the community notes to feature “awesome.”

“Our goal is to make Twitter the most accurate source of information on Earth, without regard to political affiliation,” he said.

What causes inflation?
Economists point to government spending and printing too much money as the primary drivers of inflation, with $4 trillion in spending passed during the first two years of Biden’s administration. And on day one, he fulfilled his promise to declare war on oil and gas, canceling the Keystone Pipeline project and drilling in ANWR while throttling oil refinery capacity. Biden has called the record-high gasoline prices “Putin’s price hike,” referring to the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. While the war has had an influence, the Consumer Price Index already had risen to 7% by December 2021, the largest annual increase since 1982.

And when it comes to leadership, it’s been noted that Putin’s first encroachment of Ukrainian territory – the annexation of Crimea – took place in 2014 during the Obama-Biden administration, when Biden was in charge of Ukraine policy. The second, the invasion in 2022, came with Biden as commander-in-chief.

‘The tweet was not complete’
After this article was posted, Biden press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked at the White House briefing Tuesday why the tweet was deleted.

“So, it was – look, the tweet was not complete. Usually, when we put out a tweet, we post it with context, and it did not have that context,” she replied.

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