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white House Chief of Staff Ron Klein was blasted Thursday for his description of the state of the country when President Biden took office.
In an interview at The Atlantic Festival, Klein said people were going hungry, unemployment was high, and businesses and schools were closed.
“It’s easy to forget that when Joe Biden came to office, we turned on the TV at night, people were looking for cans of food in football stadiums. The unemployment rate was about 10 percent,” he said, although the unemployment rate in January 2021 was 6.4 percent. “We had 20 million people out of work and businesses closed and schools closed.”
A clip from the interview was heavily criticized on Twitter, with many pointing out that it was policies in Democrat-run states that placed lockdowns in 2021 and dragged the economy down.
“Who, uh, put those things off Ron,” asked Claude Thompson, the social media editor for the National Review.
Republican Communications operative Matt Whitlock tweeted, “He’s describing blue states that had unnecessarily lengthy, damaging lockdown policies and rebounded too slowly. Joe Biden responded with unnecessary spending leading to the worst in 40 years.” Bad inflation happened.”
Mark Davis, a radio talk show host, tweeted, “Ron, please. Those hellish situations were due to the #COVID panic, the mental disconnect created by your party.”
Nan Hayworth MD, who served on the Trump 2020 advisory board, tweeted, “Gas, meat light. Stadiums were mostly closed and unemployment artificially soared in BLUE states due to DEMOCRAT mandates. Ever heard of Florida, Mr. Klein ? They opened up and in the name of their governor, DeSantis, eating your friggin’ lunch. All right.”
Fox News and New York Post columnist, Karol Markowicz, also highlighted the difference between the way Democrats and Republican-led states respond to the pandemic.
,Ron DeSantis Present to remind everyone that this was all happening because of the Democrats. When he left to open businesses and schools, Joe Biden and his party tried to stop him. We know what kind of lies Klein is pushing because there is one @GovRonDeSantis,” she tweeted.
The Wall Street Journal published a report in July detailing how states such as Florida and Texas are faring better than other states such as New York and Texas after the pandemic. “By many measures, red states—which are lean Republicans—are recover financially fast compared to Democratic-leaning blue ones, with workers and employers moving through the middle of the country and off the coasts of Florida,” the Journal reported.
The report cited a study by left-leaning think tank Brookings, which found that Republican states have gained 341,000 jobs since their pre-pandemic levels, while Democrat-led states “still 1.3 as of May.” Millions of jobs were short.”