JOE Biden is being slammed for repeatedly botching key facts about Covid deaths, Georgia’s voting law, and Trump’s tax bill after Candace Owens claimed the president has “dementia.”
The 78-year-old president was criticized by The Washington Post’s fact-checker on Friday for continuing to repeat several inaccurate statements.
“Some readers have noticed, sending us puzzled emails about why the president keeps making these statements,” Glenn Kessler wrote in his column, highlighting the three main inaccuracies.
“In fact, the president said all three of these claims at various points on March 31, which is why it caught our attention.”
Kessler added that Biden is a “recidivist” as he continues to make the claims even after being called out.
“It’s still relatively early in the Biden presidency, so patterns are hard to discern,” the columnist said.
“But there are three claims President Biden has made that appear impervious to fact-checking, given that he’s already said them at least three times,” he added.
The first of these is in relation to Covid deaths and Biden’s claims that the US death toll now exceeds the number of Americans killed in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War.
However, in-service deaths in these wars add up to more than 580,000, while the US death toll from Covid is lower at 554,000.
Kessler said that a White House official claimed that Biden was speaking to combat deaths, which totaled 390,000 during these wars and would be more accurate.
Yet he argues that this explanation makes little sense given that Biden has also recently started to add the almost 3,000 Americans who died on September 11, 2001, to his statistic.
Biden’s second botched fact is linked to his claims about former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax legislation.
Kessler argues in his column that Biden inaccurately repeats a claim that 83 percent of funding under that tax bill would go to “the top 1 percent” of Americans.
“They don’t like it because in fact their — their idea of a tax cut is give the Trump tax cut, where 83 percent went to the top 1 percent of the people in America,” Biden is quoted as saying on March 16.
The Post’s fact-checker awarded this claim ‘two Pinocchios” and deemed it “misleading.”
He writes that more than 80 percent of taxpayers would get a tax cut, according to the Tax Policy Center.
Kessler adds that while the top one percent received 20.5 percent of the tax cut in 2018, the bill laid out that individual tax cuts would expire over the course of the next ten years.
He explains that the tax talking point pushed by Biden is focused on the Tax Policy Center’s estimates for 2027, yet the president continues to speak as if it is currently the case.
“It’s not 2027 yet, so most of the taxpayers are still getting some kind of tax cut,” Kessler adds.
Biden’s final major blunder is a “four Pinocchio” falsehood about the Georgia election law, according to the columnist.
He references Biden’s claim that the law will end voting hours in the state at 5pm.
Kessler states that the law, in fact, only replaced the vague wording of “normal business hours” to a more exact 9am to 5pm time frame.
Counties can also extend the voting hours so voters can start casting ballots as early as 7 am and as late as 7 pm, and a Saturday and two Sundays have still been deemed mandatory days for early voting.
Kessler blasted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for repeating Biden’s claim about voting hours and stated that the “White House did not provide an explanation for Biden’s erroneous statement.”
It comes after Candace Owens shockingly claimed last week that Biden has “dementia” after he appeared to lose his train of thought and mumble incoherently during his first solo press conference.
The conservative firebrand made the accusation on Twitter on March 25 just hours after Biden took questions from reporters for the first time since being sworn in as commander-in-chief.
“THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS DEMENTIA,” Owens tweeted in all caps.
That tweet followed on from a similar message she penned less than 30 minutes before, in which she also raised questions about Biden’s health.
“Are we supposed to feign surprise when Biden announces that he’s stepping down as President to deal with health issues, or can we all honestly acknowledge that installing Kamala Harris was their plan all along?,” she wrote.
“Because I’m going to need time to work on my fake-surprised face.”
Owen’s comments appeared to come in reference to Biden completely forgetting what he was talking about while answering a question about the filibuster.
The president’s health has also been called into question after he was seen almost slipping on the steps of Air Force One for a second time this week.
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“It’s difficult to fall 3 times while going up a flight of steps. Managing to make your left shoulder blade hit the carpet in the process is rarely accomplished—even in a game of Twister,” she wrote.
“Biden has dementia but let’s wait for CNN to tell us this is just another adorable gaffe!”