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Twitter users eviscerated a recent tweet from the official White House Twitter account that falsely claimed that when President Joe Biden ‘took office’ there was ‘no vaccine’ for COVID-19[feminine] available.
On Thursday evening, the White House Twitter account tried to congratulate itself on the turnaround it said had been made since the end of the previous administration. He boasted that by the time Biden took office, ‘millions of people were out of work’ and there were ‘no vaccines available’, making the current administration seem more efficient in its efforts to stop the pandemic.
The message read: “When President Biden took office, millions of people were unemployed and there was no vaccine available. In the past 15 months, the economy has created 8.3 million jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% – the fastest drop in unemployment to begin a presidential term on record.”
Twitter users from all political backgrounds immediately criticized the post.
“Who runs the @WhiteHouse Twitter account?” The Washington Post’s chief editor, Glenn Kessler, asked, and urged anyone to “delete this fake tweet”.
He added, “Biden himself said 8% of seniors had been vaccinated the day he took office. Biden was one of them,” in connection with a fact-checking article that he had written last year.
Donald Trump Jr., shared Kessler’s post and wrote, “Hello Ministry of Truth, I’d like to report an issue.”
Pluribus editor-in-chief Jeryl Bier shared video from the official White House account of then-President-elect Biden getting vaccinated on January 13, 2021 – eight days before his inauguration. “‘No vaccine available’?” he remarked, then asked, “What did President-elect Biden inject? Sugar water? And was this his *second* blow! Maybe check your own tweets?”
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong shared an even older tweet on the White House account from December 2020 describing Biden receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Cheong captioned the retweet with “What?”
“On January 20, 2021, the day Joe Biden became President, 16.5 million Americans had already been vaccinated. Including Joe Biden,” Boston Globe opinion columnist Jeff Jacoby tweeted.
Fox News contributor Joe Concha asked fellow Twitter users, “Does anyone have the customer service line for the new misinformation panel?”
“Everyone should follow the process and report this misleading information,” tweeted US congressional candidate Vic DeGrammont.
Townhall.com editor Rebecca Downs criticized the White House for vaccine information and economic bragging. “Not only was the vaccine available, for POTUS to get it, but @RealClearNews has it at a 37.1% approval rating on the economy,” she tweeted.
“The vaccine was already out. How is this tweet not misinformation?” tweeted actor and author Ross Patterson.
Author Max Abrahms joked about naming the head of the government’s “Disinformation Governance Council” on the case, tweeting, “Call Nina Jankowicz.”