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White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain was criticized Thursday for his description of the state of the land President Biden had inherited when he took office.
In an interview on The Atlantic Festival, Klain said people were starving, unemployment was high, and businesses and schools were closing.
“It’s easy to forget that when Joe Biden came to the office, we turned on the TV at night, people lined up in football stadiums, looking for a box of food. The unemployment rate was almost 10 percent,” he said. although the unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in January 2021. “We had 20 million people out of work, closed businesses and closed schools.”
A snippet of the interview was heavily criticized on Twitter, with many pointing out that policies in Democrat-led states kept lockdowns in place until 2021 and dragged the economy down.
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“Who shut those things down Ron?” asked Claude Thompson, social media editor for National Review.
Matt Whitlock, a Republican communications officer, tweeted: “He describes blue states that had unnecessarily long, damaging lockdown policies and much slower recovery times. Joe Biden responded with unnecessary spending that led to the worst inflation in 40 years.”
Mark Davis, a radio talk show host, tweeted: “Ron, please. Those hellish conditions were the result of #COVID panic, a mental disconnect perpetuated by your party.”
Nan Hayworth MD, who served on Trump’s 2020 advisory board, tweeted: “Gas, meet light. Stadiums were largely closed and unemployment has been artificially increased in BLUE States due to DEMOCRAT mandates. Ever heard of Florida, Mr. Klain “They opened and their governor, by the name of DeSantis, is eating YOUR damn lunch. Rightly so.”
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