American voters likely have gotten used to the practice, used by the White House since Jan. 20, to give Joe Biden credit for the accomplishments of President Trump.
Vaccines? Credit Joe. The economy? That’s Biden’s touch. “Restoring” the right to vote by breaking down election integrity rules? That’s the work of the Democrat in the White House.
The crisis at the southern border, however, is all President Trump’s fault, of course.
But now Biden is taking credit, in letters sent out to American taxpayers, for the $600 stimulus payments sent out under President Trump, in December, weeks before Biden was inaugurated.
He states, “On March 11, 2021, I signed into law the American Rescue Plan, a law that will help vaccinate America and deliver immediate economic relief to hundreds of millions of Americans… A key part of the American Rescue Plan is direct payments of $1,400 per person for most American households.”
But then he ventures into claims that can be challenged.
“With the $600 direct payment from December, this brings the total relief payment up to $2,000. This fulfills a promise I made to you, and will help get millions of Americans through this crisis.”
Biden stopped short of claiming credit for the $1,200 stimulus checks that were delivered a year ago, again under President Trump.
The issue of $2,000 checks came about because, in fact, Biden and two Democrat senatorial candidates, later elected, actually promised that there would be additional $2,000 checks going “out the door.”
Biden made the promise on the eve of the two Senate runoff elections in Georgia that he would put $2,000 stimulus checks in the mail.
“Their election will put an end to the block in Washington on that $2,000 stimulus check,” Biden had promised. “That money that will go out the door immediately to help people who are in real trouble.”
That was after the $600 payments already had been dispatched.
The campaign ads of Democratic candidate Rafael Warnock specifically promised $2,000 checks, even after Trump signed the COVID-19 bill that sent $600 checks to eligible recipients.
And, the Free Beacon noted, Warnock continued to back $2,000 checks after winning office. The day after he was elected, he told NPR that “we ought to pass the $2,000 stimulus.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., insisted voters were shortchanged: “$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,” she said.
Georgia Democratic Rep. Oscar Zaro said, “Warnock and Ossoff made it a point to endorse and exclusively say ‘$2,000 checks.'”
“A lot of the people in my district voted blue in the runoff for two main reasons. One: Loeffler and Perdue denying us relief during COVID while profiting millions themselves; and two, $2,000 checks,” he said.
Fox News reported the Democrat Party’s official Twitter account at the time was hit with backlash for stating Biden would “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.”
Some replied directly to the tweet, including one user who accused the party and Biden of “gaslighting the very people who trusted & voted for you” while another chimed in, writing “Good luck in the midterms with this incredible strategy.”
Warnock, and fellow candidate Jon Ossoff, had been named by Biden, who said, “If you send Jon and the Reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door,. And if you send Sens. Perdue and Loeffler back to Washington, those checks will never get there. It’s just that simple. The power is literally in your hands.”