We were told just weeks ago that President Joe Biden was going to attempt a new PR strategy in which, instead of taking the high moral ground the Michell Obama loved to preach about, and instead of taking the healer/uniter stance he promised us in the 2020 campaign, the 46th President was going to start being mean.
This new “on the offensive” version of the Commander in Chief has since peppered in a number of silly, petulant insults aimed at Donald Trump and his supporters, attempting to marginalize an entire political movement with childish mockery.
This week was no different.
President Biden on Wednesday labeled former President Trump the “great MAGA king” and bashed Republicans, notably Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.), for their plan to combat inflation.
“Under my predecessor — the great MAGA king — the deficit increased every single year he was president. The first year of my presidency, the first year, I reduced the deficit, literally reduced the deficit by $350 billion, first year,” he said in remarks at an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers conference in Chicago.
The lame attempt at manufacturing a soundbite comes as the President was looking for another shot at one of his signature pieces of policy.
Biden has been highlighting deficit reduction as a way to fight inflation in order to respond to criticism from Republicans that his American Rescue Plan, which had the price tag of $1.9 trillion and passed early last year, negatively impacted the economy.
“My Republican colleagues say these programs to help the working class and middle-class people, that, they say, that’s why we have inflation. They’re dead wrong,” Biden said on Wednesday.
This new “edgy” Joe Biden was likely concocted as an attempt to reverse his sinking approval ratings, but, given just how cheesy his quips have been thus far, there is reason to believe that those figures aren’t going anywhere.